Ex-Longhorn LaMarcus Aldridge goes home, signs with Spurs

Former Texas Longhorns star LaMarcus Aldridge is going home to the Lone Star State after signing a max contract with the San Antonio Spurs. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported the A-list free agent’s decision, and Aldridge later announced his decision on his personal Twitter page.

Free agent LaMarcus Aldridge will sign with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 4, 2015

Aldridge will sign a four-year, $80 million maximum contract with San Antonio, league source tells Yahoo.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 4, 2015

In the end with Aldridge, the lure of the Spurs monolith — and his Texas home — were too difficult to overcome.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 4, 2015

https://twitter.com/aldridge_12/status/617366531958116352

The 6-foot-11, 240 pound Aldridge starred at Seagoville High School in Dallas before playing two seasons at Texas, making the Elite Eight in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. He averaged 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game over that stretch and was picked second overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2006 NBA Draft before being traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for the pick that was ultimately LSU star Tyrus Thomas.

In nine NBA seasons, all spent in Portland up until now, Aldridge has averaged 19.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per contest and is a four-time All Star. He now joins a Spurs starting lineup that also includes Tony Parker, the newly re-signed Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard, and a returning five-time champion in Tim Duncan. With Aldridge now in the mix, don’t be surprised if San Antonio becomes the odds-on favorite to win it all next year!

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