Creating the Big 3 has made the networks a top target in the buyout market. First it was Blake Griffin. And on Saturday it was LaMarcus Aldridge.
While the traditional center Andre Drummond is still out there talking to the Lakers, the Celtics, and possibly the Knicks, Sean Marks, general manager of Nets, wasted no time on Aldridge to add an aging seven-time All-Star he shared the story with in San Antonio.
Granted, 35-year-old Aldridge’s defense has become a weakness in recent years, and he has been bought out by the Spurs. But it overlapped with Marks, who was Spurs’ deputy general manager in 2015, when they signed the big man for a four-year $ 80 million deal.
Aldridge can’t do it with the Nets – actually a fraction – and is hardly the same player. But after the Nets signed Griffin before the buyout market even began, Aldridge’s signing is just the latest example of their appeal and ability to lure seasoned veterans and former All-Stars in earnest for a title During Marks and Aldridge’s first season together in San Antonio, Marks left to take on a Nets team that had no first-round draft picks and was in the worst of the NBA. But five years later, Marks closed a January trade for James Harden, which in turn enabled them to attract bought-out veterans.
Griffin is a six-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA player. Aldridge is a seven-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA player. That season, Aldridge averaged 13.7 points and 4.5 rebounds, shooting a total of 46.4 percent and 36 percent out of 3-point range.
Landry Shamet’s right ankle sprain isn’t a major, and one source told The Post that he might be ready to return.
« Potentially, » said coach Steve Nash. « We haven’t got a date yet, but he’s improving and we will evaluate him when we get back to Brooklyn, but definitely in the right direction and not in the long term. »
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