NBA Roundtable

Aldridge Signs Contract Extension

In General NBA on October 22, 2009 at 2:50 am

ESPN reports

The Portland Trail Blazers have verbally agreed in principle to a contract extension with forward LaMarcus Aldridge, a source close to the process told ESPN.com on Wednesday.

The extension is for five years and $65 milliion and will go into effect next season, the source said.

If Aldridge achieves certain hard-to-reach incentives, his contract could ultimately be worth as much as $70 million.

Portland Trailblazers

Great deal for the Blazers.

LaMarcus Aldridge

Sixty five million for an extremely athletic seven footer who is a notch below All-Star status already and has bucket loads more potential?

I think Aldridge could have done a lot better as a free agent next summer. It’s a decent deal for him but the Blazers got away cheap.

2006 Draft Class

I’m not expecting any of the other members of this draft class to sign contract extensions before the deadline.

So far three players have signed contract extensions — Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and Andrea Bargnani.

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  1. Dave,

    Have you seen the RR poll results for the comparative ceilings of Andrea Bargnani [0 time all-star] and Chris Bosh [muliple time all-star]?

    It’s amazing that certain Raptors fans still think that giving Bargnani a $50.0 M contract extension this past summer was a “good thing”.

    When you then compare a player like Bargnani [for the 33-win Raptors of last season] to someone like LaMarcus Aldridge [for the 54-win Blazers of last season] … from the same 2006 draft class, along with Brandon Roy … it’s downright comical to think that Raptors fans would probably vote that Bargnani has a HIGHER ceiling than Mr. Aldridge, as well.

    A $65.0 M contract extension for Aldridge is a solid move at this time for the Blazers.

  2. Khandor,

    It boggles the mind … it truly does.

    Almost 750 votes now and 72% of the voters think that Bargnani has the higher ceiling.

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