Aldridge to join Spurs

Aldridge met with the Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets and Miami Heat, but opted to sign a four-year, 80 million dollar deal with the Spurs in the end as he is a Texas native. 

"I'm happy to say I'm going home to Texas and will be a Spur!!" Aldridge said on his Twitter account. "I'm excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends."

Aldridge, who is the second-leading scorer in Trail Blazers history behind the legendary Clyde Drexler, will bolster the Spurs' frontcourt, which currently consists of veteran big man Tim Duncan and rising superstar Kawhi Leonard. 

The Spurs traded back-up center Tiago Splitter to the Atlanta Hawks in order to clear some salary cap space for Aldridge and will be delighted that their gamble paid off in the end. 

The Spurs, who were knocked out in the first round of this year's playoffs by the Los Angeles Clippers, will definitely be classed as one of the favourites to win the NBA championship next season after having added Aldridge to their roster. 

Aldridge, who has spent his entire career with the Trail Blazers, averaged 23.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 blocks per game last season.