San Antonio Spurs
Aldridge spent his first nine NBA seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers. Last year, he averaged a career-high 23.4 points per game along with 10.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
Tim Duncan is returning to San Antonio for a 19th season. He told the San Antonio Express-News that “I’ll be on the court next year.” Many people expected him to return.
Kawhi Leonard agreed to the basic parameters of a five-year contract to stay with the Spurs, a deal that could be worth $90 million, according to a source.
San Antonio has only five players under contract for next season. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have not decided whether they will return or retire from their Hall of Fame careers.
Blake Griffin had 26 points and Chris Paul had 19 points as the Clippers held on for a 102-96 victory over the Spurs on Thursday night, forcing a Game 7 in their series.
Tim Duncan scored 21 points, and the Spurs hung on for a 111-107 victory over the Clippers in Game 5 on Tuesday night, taking a 3-2 series lead.
Chris Paul had 34 points and seven assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points and 19 rebounds, and the Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-105 on Sunday.
Injuries limited Leonard to just 64 games this season. But he still managed to make an enormous impact, especially on the defensive end of the floor.
After three years of early-round failures, the Los Angeles Clippers are hungry for their first major taste of postseason success.
The NBA needs the Mavs and Spurs series to go 7.
On Wednesday night, Oklahoma City will need a win at Minnesota, plus a victory by the San Antonio Spurs at New Orleans, to get into the postseason.
The Dallas Mavericks outcome in Utah on Monday was muddled. A 109-92 loss for which Dirk, Tyson and Monta didn’t even show up. But now the Mavs’ playoff picture suddenly has a great deal of clarity.