18 October, 2017
As reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Aldridge and the Spurs reached an agreement on a three-year, $72.3 million extension on Monday, keeping him in San Antonio through the 2020-2021 season.
Last year, Aldridge averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, both career lows. The 11-year National Basketball Association veteran will opt into his $22.3 million deal for the 2018-19 season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
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. Right now, with Leonard (quad) likely out for the start of the season, the team will lean on Aldridge to be their top scorer in their MVP candidate's absence. The five-time NBA All-Star forward has had his ups and downs in San Antonio, including his name being lobbed around in trade talks and rumors of his dissatisfaction with a lack of involvement in the Spurs' offense. Despite his struggles the past two seasons, Aldridge would enter Spurs camp in the usual professional manner. Aldridge left the Portland Trail Blazers to join the Spurs on a four-year contract worth US$84 million (AU$111 million) in 2015.More news: Man in Panthers Jersey Arrested After Sucker Punching Another Fan During TNF
Aldridge said he feels better about his game and the adjustments that have been made in the offense.
Popovich recently said Aldridge looked more comfortable in the offense and loose this preseason.