By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Aldridge is the latest player, who has been benched by their respective team. A buy out may be the best option since trading Aldridge may be difficult.
“LaMarcus is no with the team,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said. “He’s healthy, in that respect, but we’ve mutually agreed to work out some opportunities for him and that’ll be elsewhere. So, he won’t be with the team moving forward. He’s been a great teammate. There was no problem there. We just think this is a win-win for both LaMarcus and for the club.
“So, when an opportunity arises, that’ll be up to management, his agent, that sort of thing. We’ll all move forward. He’s been a great teammate. He’s done everything we’ve asked. And at this point, we’d just like to do something that will work for him as much as for our club, because he deserves that.”
He is in the final year of a two-year, $50 million deal. Aldridge is making $24 million this season.
The 35-year-old has been replaced by Jakob Poeltl in the starting lineup. He was acquired in the blockbuster deal that sent Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors.
This season, Aldridge has appeared in 21 games, including 18 starts. He is averaging 13.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.9 blocks per game.
The 13.7 points per game average would be the second-lowest of his career. He had a career-low 9.0 points per game as a rookie with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2006-07.
Aldridge last played for the Spurs on March 1st against the Brooklyn Nets. He had two points in 15 minutes with four rebounds.
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