Back in 2015, LaMarcus Aldridge was considered one of the best power forwards around the NBA. He had outgrown the Portland Trail Blazers and was ready to join a championship contender so he signed with the San Antonio Spurs.
At first glance, it seemed like Aldridge was tailor-made for Gregg Popovich's system. He could play at the 4 or the 5, he had some range and better handles and playmaking skills than most big men.
Nonetheless, Aldridge and Popovich never actually got on the same page and it seemed like he regressed year after year. Now, finally, they reached a buyout agreement and he's free to sign with whoever he wants.
Needless to say, LaMarcus isn't the same player he was six years ago. He's 35 now and is coming off averaging roughly 13 points and 4 rebounds per game. Then again, several teams could use his experience and skill set. Here, we'll let you know about the 3 teams with the biggest chance of signing him.
The 3 Most Likely Teams To Sign LaMarcus Aldridge
3. Brooklyn Nets
Well, the Brooklyn Nets have been tied to every single player out there so we can't rule out LaMarcus Aldridge. They have all the shooting and firepower they need but are still lacking size, so it's an obvious choice.
Aldridge would have a clear path to an NBA championship or at the very least a trip to the NBA Finals. Also, he wouldn't be needed to do much heavy-lifting which is great at this point in his career.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to pursue LaMarcus Aldridge and Andre Drummond as they've struggled with Marc Gasol at center. Obviously, playing for a historical franchise and the reigning champions will always be enticing.
Aldridge could help keep the Lakers afloat while Anthony Davis and LeBron James come back. They would have one of the most versatile and dynamic frontcourts in the league when they're all at full strength.
1. Miami Heat
And last but not least, the Miami Heat are reportedly leading the race for Aldridge's services. They've already put together a championship core and the addition of Victor Oladipo only makes them scarier.
Aldridge would play side by side with Bam Adebayo, which could be a bit of a spacing issue for Erik Spoelstra. However, it would be perfect for their physical and tough style. Also, it's hard to say no to Pat Riley.