Aldridge' extension will keep him with the Spurs until the end of 2020-21 season. Aldridge averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds last season. Alongside Tim Duncan for his final National Basketball Association season, Aldridge turned in an All-Star campaign and helped lead San Antonio to a 67-15 regular-season mark.
Aldridge signed a four-year contract worth $80 million with San Antonio in July 2015 after spending the previous nine seasons in Portland.
He was the subject of trade rumors during the offseason, but cleared the air with the Spurs and head coach Gregg Popovich over the summer.
Zach Lowe of ESPN reported that only $7 million is guaranteed in the final year of the extension. Despite his struggles the past two seasons, Aldridge would enter Spurs camp in the usual professional manner. The extension means Aldridge will actually take a pay cut for the 2017-18 season and earn US$21.4 million. 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. With the arrival of Rudy Gay, another wing who can play the four when needed, will Aldridge acquiesce to playing more center than he has in his career to this point?