- Created on Saturday, 04 July 2015 14:09
- Last Updated on Saturday, 04 July 2015 19:20
- Written by Travis Pulver
The road to the Western Conference Finals is going to go through the state of Texas next season. You could say that it did last season since all three NBA teams in Texas made the post season, but next year it is going to be different. Last season the Rockets were the No. 2 seed while the defending champions Spurs were the No. 6 and the Mavericks No. 7. Next season do not be shocked if all three teams are in the top four.
Houston is going to be just fine as long as the team does not lost anyone to a season ending injury. Then again, they battled through injuries just fine last season so who maybe even then they’d be fine. However, the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs—while good last season—are going to be even better next season thanks to their recent free agent acquisitions.
It had been rumored throughout the 2014-15 season that Clippers center DeAndre Jordan wanted to play for the Dallas Mavericks—and now he is! Cuban finally nabbed a big name free agent after falling flat the last two off-season by inking Jordan to a four-year, $80 million deal.
Jordan was offered more with the Clippers (five-year, $109 million), but the chance to be the main option in Dallas once Dirk Nowitzki retires was too good to pass up.
San Antonio usually does not get real involved with free agency, but with Tim Duncan’s final days coming sometime in the near future the team needed to make sure that the future would still be good. Step One was a success; they locked up Kawhi Leonard with a long term deal. As of Saturday morning Step Two was a success.
They got LaMarcus Aldridge to agree to sign with the team. Aldrdige shared the news himself on Twitter Saturday afternoon:
I'm 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, like Jordan, is from Texas having grown up in the Dallas area (Jordan is from Houston and played his college ball at Texas A&M). Like Jordan, Aldridge will be signing a four year, $80 million deal.
Rumor has it that the chance to play alongside one of the game’s greats in Duncan had a strong pull for Aldridge, but being able to take over when Duncan retires and play with one of the best up and coming players in the game in Kawhi Leonard brought it home for him.
Whoever represents the Western Conference in the NBA Finals will have to deal with the Golden State Warriors as well of course. However, to get the chance to play them the rest of the conference is going to have to come through Texas.