LaMarcus Aldridge got the answers he needed from the San Antonio Spurs.
And the Spurs apparently got the answer they wanted.
Ending a frantic few days of courtship — and perhaps cementing the Spurs as the preseason favorites to win yet another NBA title — Aldridge announced Saturday that he will sign with San Antonio and align with Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard to form what would figure to be among the league's most-formidable frontcourts.
"I'm happy to say I'm going home to Texas and will be a Spur!!" Aldridge, a Dallas native, posted to his verified Twitter account. "I'm excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends."
The Spurs could not comment because of the league's offseason moratorium. Aldridge's representatives did not respond to requests for further comment beyond the tweet.
Aldridge, who spent his first nine seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, will be eligible to sign his new deal Thursday.
The four-time All-Star forward met with several teams, all who were offering what the Spurs did: $80 million for four years.
The Los Angeles Lakers tried to woo him to play alongside Kobe Bryant. The Mavericks tried to sell him on coming home. Houston and Phoenix — which cleared a ton of cap space in an effort to get Aldridge — made pitches as well, and Pat Riley flew to Los Angeles to try to talk Aldridge into leaving the loaded Western Conference, coming East and joining the Miami Heat.
Some of the pitches were more appealing than others to Aldridge. But how the Spurs responded to his questions, most recently in their second meeting in Los Angeles on Friday — a lunchtime chat where they were spotted by fellow diners who snapped photos that quickly went viral — obviously won the battle.
"So happy he's going to be a Spur !!" Spurs guard Tony Parker tweeted.
The Aldridge coup is part of a whirlwind few days. They started by signing Leonard, the reigning defensive player of the year, to a five-year contract worth around $90 million, then locked up Danny Green, one of the league's best shooting guards.
Then they traded big man Tiago Splitter to the Atlanta Hawks to help clear some of the necessary salary cap room to land Aldridge, and it all paid off on Saturday.
• The Lakers are finalizing details to acquire Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, a middle-tier option after the team struck out on a slew of big-name free agents. Hibbert gives them a post player with legitimate NBA experience but he is coming off a poor season. The Lakers will give up at least one future second-round pick and perhaps some players no longer on their roster who are playing overseas. They might also include cash.
• Sacramento Kings and center Kosta Koufos have agreed to a $33 million, four-year contract which includes a fourth year player option, a person with knowledge of the deal says. Koufos played behind Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph in Memphis the past two seasons.
• The New Orleans Pelicans and forward Dante Cunningham agreed on a three-year contract extension worth about $9 million, people familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press.