Spurs, Aldridge agree to 3-year, $72M extension

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As Woj notes, Aldridge can opt out of his contract following this season and become a free agent.

The kinks the two sides have been trying to work through had league observers believing Aldridge might not be long for San Antonio.

On the floor, things won't change significantly for Aldridge - there just will be more of it. Post-ups and pick-and-pop mid-range jumpers in even larger portions than in previous seasons are on the menu in San Antonio this year.

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All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs have agreed to a three-year contract extension worth US$72.3 million (AU$92 million), according to several reports.

The five-time All-Star averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game last season, though he averaged career lows in the playoffs with 16.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. The team would go on to lose in the Western Conference semifinals, but Aldridge performed well individually, averaging 21.9 points and 8.9 boards in 33.7 minutes over the 10 games. Of course, $32 million in new guaranteed money for the 32-year-old big man does a lot to dampen Aldridge's fears about his spot in the rotation and his role within the organization.

Popovich recently said Aldridge looked more comfortable in the offense and loose this preseason. The dialogue helped strengthen their relationship, made Aldridge feel open to staying in San Antonio and gave the Spurs the peace of mind that they could continue to feature him as a much-needed supporting star for Leonard.

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