The Spurs Gave LaMarcus Aldridge A $72M Extension. Why Exactly?

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In an NBA offseason that has been filled with shocking moments, here we are on the eve of the NBA season, and the craziness just keeps on coming. The Spurs for good reason are considered the smartest franchise in the league. Their success for the past few decades support that claim. VERY rarely do we see them make a signing or a trade that doesn’t make sense. Well, someone is going to have to explain to me what the hell they were thinking?

They say deadlines spark action, and today was the deadline for LMA to get this extension, but that doesn’t answer the question as to why the Spurs wanted to do it? I thought it was weird when they decided to bring back Pau Gasol with a 3/48M deal, and this is just as confusing. Do the Spurs just not want cap space for the foreseeable future? LMA still had years left on his deal? This new extension will kick in when he’s 34, and will last until he’s 37. This whole thing seems very un-Spurs like.

Aside from the age/money thing, let’s look at this from a basketball perspective. Yeah, LMA is still pretty good, you can certainly do worse don’t get me wrong. But there is one glaring problem, his postseason performance.

Maybe you want to say this was just one bad year, but let me ask you something. The Spurs expect things to get better as he gets older? Take a look at his playoff numbers last year

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Not to mention Popovich was ready to murder him

Also what about earlier this summer when reports came out that LMA wanted out of SA? Sure it was Stephen A Smith reporting that, but when has he ever made anything up?

The goal is to beat GS right? Well if you watched that series, I don’t know how you could think that keeping an older LMA gets them closer to doing that. Draymond ate his ass UP. Turnovers left and right, couldn’t buy a bucket, and his defense was spotty at best. Again, history says trust SA and their decision making, but no matter how you try and spin it, this extension is very confusing.