Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge talking extension

Aldridge always seemed like a weird fit in San Antonio and he was heavily criticized for his play down the stretch last season, so this is pretty surprising.

Aldridge, 32, left the Trail Blazers in 2015 when he signed a four-year, $84 million contract with the Spurs.

Aldridge will opt into the $22.3 million player option on his 2018-19 contract, and the extension's new terms will start with the 2019-20 season.

He also struggled big time in the Western Conference Finals, averaging 15.5 points on 41 percent shooting with 10 turnovers in the four-game sweep against Golden State.

Aldridge averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds, career lows if you exclude his rookie year.

The curious partnership of Aldridge and the Spurs continues, with both sides willing to come to an agreement that will compensate Aldridge significantly as he ages but gives him the peace of mind that the team is committed to him and will give him the touches and shots he wants.

Aldridge and the Spurs reached agreement on a three-year extension on Monday that ensures the five-time All-Star will be under contract through the 2020-21 season.

This report comes from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

"San Antonio did discuss trade scenarios with teams centered on Aldridge prior to the draft and during the summer but never found an offer that intrigued them enough to make a deal", Woj reported. It will be interesting to see if his personal production improves this season.

  • David Armstrong