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Aldridge 'going home to Texas' to be a Spur

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reportedly agreed to a deal with the San Antonio Spurs.Blazers all-star LaMarcus Aldridge is signing with the San Antonio Spurs.

Aldridge tweeted at about 9:17 a.m. Saturday, July 4, that he was “happy to say I'm going home to Texas and will be a Spur!! I'm excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends.”

Aldridge, who will be 30 in mid-July, is a native of Dallas, Texas, and became a Trail Blazer in 2006. He has been an NBA all-star four times in his nine years with Portland.

Aldridge, an unrestricted free agent, spent the past several days meeting with team representatives in his Los Angeles home. He turned down overtures from the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns.

Some sports websites are reporting that Aldridge's deal with the Spurs could be worth $80 million.

In the past week, the Trail Blazers have lost four of its starting five players. In late June, the Blazers sent Nicolas Batum to Charlotte for veteran shooting guard Gerald Henderson and 19-year-old power forward Noah Vonleh. Center Robin Lopez has agreed to join the New York Knicks. Wesley Matthews, who injured his Achilles tendon in March, agreed to join the Dallas Mavericks.