Leave it to the San Antonio Spurs to make the biggest splash in the offseason thus far.
The Spurs were sent home early in an exciting first round match against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers were victorious in seven games and advanced to the Semifinals.
Tim Duncan stated he would return for his 19th season. Tony Parker is on for two more years. Manu Ginobli announced he will also come back. But the weekend brought bigger news for San Antonio.
The Spurs were one of seven teams that courted power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. The Lakers (twice), Heat, Suns, Raptors and Mavericks also met with Aldridge, hoping to get the big man on their roster. Aldridge announced on Twitter he’s moving to San Antonio.
I’m happy to say I’m going home to Texas and will be a Spur!! I’m excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends.
— Lamarcus Aldridge (@aldridge_12) July 4, 2015
Aldridge will get $80 million over four years. The power forward will play alongside Duncan for the 2015-16 season. This means a new Twin Towers will take place again.
The Twin Towers of old featured a young Duncan at power forward and “The Admiral” David Robinson at center. They won two NBA titles together and featured Duncan learning under The Admiral’s tutelage.
After Robinson retired, Duncan showed the NBA world he is a true big man. He seemingly gets better with age. However, he hasn’t had a big man of Robinson’s caliber backing him up for years. This is where Aldridge steps in.
Aldridge would learn so much from Duncan alone. With Gregg Popovich coaching once again, the sky is truly the limit for the Spurs. Duncan can teach Aldridge everything he knows. We could witness a dynamic duo that can tame the Western Conference and, quite possibly, the entire NBA.
July 6 saw another huge development. Veteran power forward David West also is now going southwest.
The deal with West is for the league veteran minimum, per source.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 6, 2015
West signed with the Spurs for the minimum veteran contract of $1.4 million. He opted out of a $12 million contract with the Indiana Pacers. It’s a no-brainer that West wants to win.
This means the Spurs’ front court just got better than ever. West will likely serve as a back-up to both Aldridge and Duncan. He’ll serve as another great weapon for Popovich to use.
LaMarcus Aldridge will be a Spur for the next four years. Duncan has him for at least one, as well as West to boot. Whether that leads San Antonio to more championships remain to be seen. Frankly, they have to be the front-runner to win at least next year’s NBA Finals.
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