The San Antonio Spurs announced they reached a buyout with forward LaMarcus Aldridge, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent. The buyout is reportedly worth $5.8 million, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Aldridge and the Spurs mutually agreed to part ways earlier this month, according to head coach Gregg Popovich.
Aldridge signed a four-year, $80 million contract with the Spurs in 2015 after playing his first nine seasons in Portland. The Spurs went 67-15 in Aldridge’s first season, playing alongside Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. San Antonio’s 22-year consecutive playoff streak was snapped last season as the Spurs failed to make the postseason following the restart of the 2019-20 NBA season.
During the hiatus, Aldridge underwent shoulder surgery and missed the remainder of the season. Aldridge is averaging 13.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, shooting 46.4% from the field and 36% from three.
Prior to the decision to part ways, Aldridge had missed eight of 11 games due to a hip injury and illness. He will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
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