Spurs Top Team in Western Conference After Signing Aldridge

Power forward Tim Duncan has already stated he was returning to the San Antonio Spurs for a nineteenth season. The Spurs already resigned shooting guard Danny Green and small forward Kawhi Leonard. Yet, the biggest signing by the Spurs is winning the free agent battle for power forward LaMarcus Aldridge who was coveted by at least seven teams.

Apr 7, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA;  Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.  The Bucks defeated the Trail Blazers 116-94.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Apr 7, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center. The Bucks defeated the Trail Blazers 116-94. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Aldridge has played his entire nine-year career with the Portland Trail Blazers who drafted him second overall in the 2006 draft out of the University of Texas. The Chicago Bulls drafted Aldridge, but traded his rights to Portland for their pick, Tyrus Thomas, and Viktor Khryapa. I bet the Bulls wish they could have that trade back. Imagine Aldridge playing alongside center Joakim Noah in the windy city.

He is a four-time all-star who is ecstatic to be returning to the state of Texas where he also attended high school where he was named a McDonald’s All-American.

While he prefers to play power forward, Aldridge gives Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich the option of also playing center with Duncan at power forward. I am sure Popovich is already drawing up plays to take advantage of his “Twin Towers.”

Five of the seven teams interested in Aldridge were from the Western Conference with the Lakers, Mavericks, Suns, and Rockets doing their best to sign Aldridge as a means to compete in the mighty Western Conference.

In the end, the opportunity to return home to be close to family and friends was too much for Aldridge to say no to returning to Texas.

Aldridge also gives the Spurs an imposing starting five paired with point guard Tony Parker, Green, Leonard, and Duncan. All the Spurs need to do is resign veteran Manu Ginobili to return for a fourteenth season. Popovich has publicly stated at season’s end that he was hoping both Duncan and Ginobili returned due to their experience and intangibles they bring to the team.

I would put the Spurs as the favorites to win their second NBA title in three seasons heading into next season. The Spurs play team basketball and Aldridge will fit perfectly.

And that’s as I see it!

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