The time comes when a franchise is forced to make a choice. This choice is to re-sign a player or to let him go. As a player gets older this is a harder decision for those in office.
Do they judge him based on his prime? Do they see potential in him still? Did he help the team? It is all a matter of decision for the franchise.
The San Antonio Spurs are known for having well-aged players. Players such as Tim Duncan, David Robinson, and Manu Ginobli are just a fraction of NBA players who played the end of their careers in San Antonio.
One player that has been part of the Spurs “well-aged” players is LaMarcus Aldridge.
Aldridge was drafted 2nd overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls but was soon moved to Portland. Portland was where Aldridge spent most of his prime.
In the 2013-2014 NBA Season, Aldridge showed what he was capable of. This was the best season of his career. Aldridge averaged 23.4 points per game, along with 11.1 rebounds. Playing next to Damian Lillard it seemed like things were looking bright in Portland.
Aldridge later signed with the San Antonio Spurs at the end of the 2014-2015 season. Proving he was still able to play ball, Aldridge was able to average 18 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game.
On October 16, 2017, the Spurs decided they wanted to keep Aldridge around as he signed a 3 year/$72 million dollar contract.
After playing two seasons under, San Antonio’s Head Coach Greg Popovich, it seems as if Aldridge will still be able to be a force these next three years.
At the age of 32, Aldridge is nearing the end of his prime. It is uncertain of what Aldridge can still bring to the Spurs in the future.