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LaMarcus Aldridge 2021 AP source. to sign with Brooklyn Nets

LaMarcus Aldridge 2021 AP source.  to sign with Brooklyn Nets

LaMarcus Aldridge 2021 AP source. to sign with Brooklyn Nets

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After reaching a buyout agreement with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, the veteran forward quickly became a coveted free agent for contending teams

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By BRIAN MAHONEY
AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nets aren’t finished bringing big names to Brooklyn.

LaMarcus Aldridge is next after deciding Saturday to sign with the Nets for the remainder of the season, a person with knowledge of the details said.

After reaching a buyout agreement with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, the veteran forward quickly became a coveted free agent for contending teams.

He picked the Nets, the person told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the signing wasn’t official.

ESPN first reported Aldridge’s intentions.

Aldridge joins a Nets team that has current All-Stars Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, and added a former one earlier this month when it signed Blake Griffin.

Aldridge averaged 19.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in 5 1/2 seasons for the Spurs, before they removed the 35-year-old from the rotation earlier this month while searching for a potential trade.

None materialized before the deadline Thursday, so the Spurs bought out Aldridge’s contract.

An All-Star in three of his seasons in San Antonio, Aldridge fills one of the few holes for the potent Nets.

He can play power forward or center, giving Brooklyn a reliable post-up presence to play with its collection of outside threats.

Center Andre Drummond, waived by Cleveland, remains another top choice for teams seeking help from the buyout market.

Aldridge was also an All-Star four times in Portland before joining the Spurs.

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Free agent LaMarcus Aldridge plans to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell ESPN

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— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 27, 2021

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The Brooklyn Nets just keep adding pieces.

The same month the team added Blake Griffin following a buyout with the Detroit Pistons, it did the same thing with LaMarcus Aldridge after his exit from the San Antonio Spurs.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday that Aldridge plans to sign with the Nets.

Free agent LaMarcus Aldridge plans to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 27, 2021

The deal is for one year and the veteran's minimum, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

The Miami Heat had been previously reported to be frontrunners for Aldridge, but one report from the Miami Herald indicates he was drawn by the Nets' chance at contending for a title.

Per Wojnarowski, Aldridge is expected to see significant minutes at center.

The six-time All-Star is currently averaging 13.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, and hasn't played since he agreed to part ways with the Spurs earlier this month.

Aldridge agreed to a contract buyout with the Spurs shortly after the team found no takers for his contract at the trade deadline on Thursday.

He was among the most attractive names on the midseason free agent market, and now he heads to a team that is increasingly looking like a juggernaut in the East.

The Nets aren't getting the All-Star version of LaMarcus Aldridge, but they really don't need that player to be a terrifying team.

Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving remains options A, B and C on the roster when everyone's healthy.

With Aldridge, the Nets add one more body to a frontcourt that had been a weakness following the loss of Jarrett Allen in the Harden trade.

While the team's big man rotation basically consisted of DeAndre Jordan and Jeff Green at one point, the addition of Aldridge and Griffin and the emergence of Nicolas Claxton make it a formidable group when opponents already have to contend with the Nets' backcourt.

Obviously, the group of Jordan, Aldridge and Griffin would be more impactful if it were 2017 again, but the strength of the Nets roster means they don't need to turn back the clock.

The Nets also might not be done adding players, as they still have one more roster spot to use on the buyout market.

With plenty of names still available, you can expect the team to try to make another splash.

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