Seven-time All-Star center-forward LaMarcus Aldridge has agreed to sign with the Brooklyn Nets for the remainder of the season, Excel Sports agent Jeff Schwartz told ESPN on Saturday.
Aldridge, 35, has agreed to a buyout deal with the San Antonio Spurs and joins a talent-laden list of Nets as she pursues the franchise’s first NBA Championship.
The Miami Heat had been a strong contender for Aldridge, but he decided to accept the Nets’ offer of one of the two remaining spots in the franchise roster on Saturday, sources said. Aldridge joins former All-Star Blake Griffin as frontline reinforcements signed the league contract buyout deal.
Aldridge is expected to play the majority of his center minutes. His arrival could impact center DeAndre Jordan’s playing time. Second-year forward Nic Claxton has also been impressive on the front row recently.
Aldridge hasn’t played a game since March 1 against the Nets. Spurs and Aldridge agreed on March 10 that they would go their separate ways until a trade or buyout could end his six years with the franchise.
He’s averaged 19.4 points and 8.3 rebounds over his 15 NBA seasons, including nine years with Portland.