Wow. First the Blazers fill up the 15th spot and just minutes later we hear from Adrian Wojnarowski that LaMarcus Aldridge has agreed to a 5 year deal worth upwards of $70 million. This is the news we like to hear after a couple of awful weeks of preseason basketball!
The intial tweet:
The intial tweet:
@YahooSportsNBA: Aldridge has agreed to a 5 yr extension worth approximately $70 million with Portland, a league source tells Y! Sports.And then the A-Woj article:
The Portland Trail Blazers have reached agreement with forward LaMarcus Aldridge(notes) on a five-year extension worth more than $65 million, NBA sources said.Brian T. Smith says it's not finalized yet:
The deal assures Aldridge between $65-68 million with incentives that could push the total value closer to $70 million.
However, a source close to the team stated that, while a deal is in the works, it is not yet finallized.Jason Quick weighs in:
Aldridge spoke today about contract negotiations following practice, saying he felt strongly that an agreement would be reached before an Oct. 31 deadline. Following that date, Aldridge would automatically become a restricted free agent after the 2009-10 season, if he did not re-sign with the Blazers.
“It’s very close,’’ Aldridge said from Vancouver, B.C., where the Blazers will play Phoenix in a preseason game Thursday. “It should be done soon.’’Chad Ford talks incentives:
The two sides have been nearing a deal since last week, when talks between Pritchard and agent Arn Tellem picked up. By Monday, a source said the two sides had reached an agreement on the years and money, but were working out the “minutiae.”
If Aldridge achieves certain hard-to-reach incentives, his contract could ultimately be worth as much as $70 million.