LaMarcus Aldridge’s time in San Antonio has come to an end.
The San Antonio Spurs and Aldridge have mutually agreed to part ways, head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters Wednesday. The organization and Aldridge are working on a resolution for his basketball future, Popovich said.
“LaMarcus is not with the team,” 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, you know, sort of thing. We’ll all move forward.”
Popovich also added: “He’s been a great teammate. He’s done everything we’ve asked. And at this point, we’d just like to something that will work for him as much as for our club, because he deserves that.”
It’s unclear whether the Spurs will seek a buyout or trade Aldridge, the former Portland Trail Blazers star, but he won’t suit up for San Antonio on Wednesday night and apparently has played his final game for the franchise.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Spurs are working on several trade scenarios and there’s a level of confidence the team will find a trade partner for Aldridge, perhaps even in the next week.
Aldridge, 35, is in the final year of his contract with the Spurs. He signed a four-year, $80 million deal with San Antonio as a free agent in 2015 after playing nine seasons for the Blazers. He was drafted No. 2 overall in the 2006 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls before having his rights traded to Portland.
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