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LaMarcus Aldridge to signal with Nets

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The Nets would be the subsequent cease for free-agent large man LaMarcus Aldridge, tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Aldridge’s agent, Jeff Schwartz confirmed the signing, Woj provides (Twitter hyperlink). It will likely be a veteran’s minimal deal for the remainder of the season, in keeping with Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter hyperlink).

Aldridge simply cleared waivers after agreeing to a buyout with the Spurs on Thursday. He gave up $5.8 million in that association,  which is greater than he’ll receives a commission in Brooklyn. Nonetheless, he can have the prospect to compete for a title with a franchise that may encompass him with star teammates.

Brooklyn has a roster spot open, so no transfer will probably be essential earlier than Aldridge can signal. The Nets are already enormous winners on the buyout market, additionally including Blake Griffin earlier this month.

Aldridge is more likely to see most of his minutes at heart, in keeping with Wojnarowski (Twitter hyperlink). Brooklyn has been trying to find assist in the center ever since parting with Jarrett Allen within the January deal to accumulate James Harden.

Aldridge’s resolution comes as considerably of a shock, particularly in Miami, the place the Warmth have been regarded as the front-runners to signal him. Miami had acquired indications that it had a superb probability to land Aldridge, tweets Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald. An affiliate of Aldridge advised  Jackson that the veteran large man selected the Nets as a result of he believes they’re in place to contend for a title. The Warmth’s present six-game dropping streak doubtless affected his resolution (Twitter hyperlink).

Aldridge, 35, noticed his enjoying time decreased this season as San Antonio opted for a youthful lineup. He hasn’t performed since March 1 whereas the Spurs tried to make a commerce, however no appropriate provides have been acquired earlier than Thursday’s deadline. Aldridge averaged 13.7 factors and 4.5 rebounds in 21 video games earlier than being shut down.

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