The Brooklyn Nets landed one other former NBA All-Star within the buyout market.
Virtually three weeks after signing free agent Blake Griffin, who was purchased out by the Detroit Pistons, the Nets reached a cope with LaMarcus Aldridge, an individual conversant in the settlement instructed USA TODAY Sports activities.
The particular person requested anonymity as a result of he was not approved to talk publicly till the signing is official.
Aldridge, a seven-time All-Star, reached a buyout settlement with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday after the group couldn’t discover a deal earlier than the commerce deadline expired.
That is one other coup for the Nets, who’re making a push to win the Jap Convention, and a disappointment for the Miami Warmth, who wished so as to add an enormous man to the roster. There are nonetheless choices for Miami equivalent to Andre Drummond and Gorgui Dieng.
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Brooklyn added James Harden in a blockbuster commerce in January, giving the Nets a Large 3 of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Harden. They’ve performed simply seven video games collectively, largely due to Durant’s absence as a consequence of a hamstring damage that has sidelined him for the previous 21 video games.
There is no such thing as a timetable for Durant’s return, however the Nets hold successful. They’re 31-15, 1½ video games behind the first-place Philadelphia 76ers within the East and have received 9 of their previous 11 video games.
Aldridge — now not in his prime at 35 years previous — wasn’t a part of San Antonio’s plans, however that doesn’t imply he can’t contribute to a contender. He averaged 13.7 factors and 4.5 rebounds in 25.9 minutes per recreation.
Brooklyn wanted one other large man alongside DeAndre Jordan and Griffin.
Give Nets common supervisor Sean Marks credit score. He sees a possibility to succeed in the NBA Finals, and he’s doing all that he can to provide first-year coach Steve Nash the gamers to do it.
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This text initially appeared on USA TODAY: LaMarcus Aldridge becoming a member of Nets after buyout from Spurs