Free-agency begins tonight at 9PM on the West Coast.
One of the hottest teams in pursuit for Aldridge are the Los Angeles Lakers.
Love is part of a loaded big man free agent class, which also includes stars like Marc Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan. The Raptors would like to have him back, but won’t break the bank or tie themselves in a long-term contract to do it. There will be no shortage of interested parties from around the league.
What do you think of Wes Matthews? If he is also able to convince Aldridge to join the team, the future is quite bright in San Antonio. The 2nd overall in the 2006 NBA draft missed the first seven games of his first season with a shoulder injury.
Leonard agreed to the parameters of a five-year deal that could be worth $90 million with the San Antonio Spurs, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to AP.
This will be the final off-season before the salary cap shoots skyward as a result of the nine-year, $24 billion TV deal, which will cause maximum contracts and player salaries to inflate considerably.
” “But Lowe’s piece is important in showing us-regardless of whose sources you believe-that the “$27 million” argument isn’t actually as clear cut as it sounds.
LaMarcus Aldridge, 29, averaged 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds in 71 games for the Portland Trailblazers this past season.
Now whether or not the Raptors are a serious contender to sign Aldridge remains to be seen, the fact that a meeting is taking place is a huge step forward for the franchise. Only a fool would ignore that. He won’t lack options, even just within his home state of Texas. Followed by the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks. I would say the Mavericks have a chance to sign him, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Recently, though Blazers general manager Neil Olshey told the Oregonian that reports that Aldridge is on his way out of the Pacific Northwest are not true.
Realistically, he can not be giving teams like Phoenix, Dallas or Toronto more than a exploratory visit – they aren’t much better than the Blazers at this point (i.e., will not compete for a title next year) and can not offer Aldridge the same money he’d make in Portland.
LeBron James reportedly has informed the Cavaliers of opting out of his contract, indicating he is set to become a free agent July 1st. He and Manu Ginobili are among several free agents the Spurs have this summer.
Free-agency is now less than nine hours away. The Trail Blazers have already made their offer known and won’t require an immediate meeting. He’s a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. The 6-foot-11 big man has improved his game over the years and is an all-around offensive stud.