It was clear that LaMarcus Aldridge was not part of the future plans for the San Antonio Spurs. The 35 year old was not traded but instead agreed to a buyout with the team and was able to sign elsewhere as an NBA free agent.
Aldridge decided to join the NBA All-Star squad of the Brooklyn Nets for the remainder of the season. He had some teams interested, including the Miami Heat, but ultimately decided to go with the Nets. This is a team that has been aggressive since the offseason.
Prior to signing Aldridge, the Nets added Blake Griffin and landed James Harden in a blockbuster trade with the Houston Rockets. The front office of the Nets has shown that they are interested in winning right away.
The addition of Aldridge put people on even more notice of the Nets. They will continue to be one of the most controversial teams in the league and will not have many fans outside of Brooklyn.
As of now, the Nets are just one game behind the Philadelphia 76ers for first place in the Eastern Conference. There is no doubt that they are legitimate and have a chance to win a title this year.
Aldridge ended up picking the Nets over Miami and this was the right decision. Here are three reasons why the center will fair better in Brooklyn this season.