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LaMarcus Aldridge has chosen to sign with Spurs


LaMarcus Aldridge was the biggest name in free agency this summer, at least in terms of players who were expected to change teams.

He met with several suitors, a list that included the Suns and the Lakers.

But the favorites all along were the San Antonio Spurs, and that’s where Aldridge has chosen to sign.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

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

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

Aldridge deal will include a player option after the third year, source tells Yahoo Sports.

Aldridge himself:

I’m happy to say I’m going home to Texas and will be a Spur!! I’m excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends.

If Aldridge was about winning above all else, then he couldn’t possibly have made a better choice.

The Spurs have been the model of success in the NBA for the past 18 years. They’ve won at least 50 games in every one of those seasons, except, of course, during the lockout-shortened 1999 campaign that lasted 50 games in total. But even that season, San Antonio emerged as NBA champions.

The Spurs will bring Tim Duncan back, and while nothing has been made official regarding Manu Ginobili, it would be difficult to see him turning down the chance to try to win one more title with an even more stacked roster than usual.

With the addition of Aldridge, San Antonio immediately joins the Warriors and the Cavaliers at the top of the list of favorites to take home a title in 2016.

Mavericks reportedly in talks to round out roster with J.J. Barea, Richard Jefferson

Kevin McHale, Pablo Prigioni, J.J. Barea

The Dallas Mavericks now have DeAndre Jordan at center, Dirk Nowitzki at power forward and Chandler Parsons as the small forward. That’s as good or better than any front line in the NBA.

But they still have some work to do.

Right now Devin Harris would be the starting point guard (Jordan will find he’s not quite CP3) . They have Wes Matthews at the two, but he is coming off Achilles surgery and may not be the same player. Dallas is already at work to fill out a couple of their guard bench spots with role players, as reported by David Aldridge of NBA.com and Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

Both J.J. Barea and Richard Jefferson were with Dallas last season, playing reserve roles primarily. Barea averaged 7.5 points and 3.4 assists a game, playing just less than 18 minutes a night at about a league-average level of efficiency. Jefferson averaged 5.8 points a game in almost 17 minutes a night, but efficient wouldn’t be the word you would attach to them

They both make good reserves, solid role players off the bench. But if Dallas wants to run with the big boys in the West next season — Golden State, San Antonio — they need to land a quality starter for the one and some depth for the two spot.

Reports: Corey Brewer agrees to three-year deal to stay with Rockets

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You can add Corey Brewer to the list — with Monta Ellis and Wesley Matthews — of guys that spurned more money from Sacramento to play somewhere else. It’s been a rough couple days in the California capital.

Brewer was considered someone the Kings would target — a defender who can get steals, the king of the leak-out, but not a guy who can shoot — but he has decided to stay with the Houston Rockets, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (and since confirmed by multiple sources).

This is a good fit for both sides. Brewer played 25 minutes a game and scored 11.9 points a game for the Rockets after being traded there from Minnesota last season. He’s not efficient (a career 29 percent from three) but he plays well off the bench for an up-tempo team like the Rockets.

Plus Brewer connected with fans in Houston, doing things like walking to Game 7 against the Clippers and taking pictures along the way.

This is another deal where the $23.4 million over three years might seem high for a guy who made $4.5 million last year, but the Rockets had to come close to what Sacramento was offering. Plus, a salary like $8 million a year will be a steal in two years when the salary cap jumps by $40 million (thanks to the flood of money from the new national television deal).