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The reason that LaMarcus Aldridge chose Nets over Heat

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The Brooklyn Nets signed seven-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge to a one-year veteran’s minimum contract on Saturday. This was a surprise to many not only because Aldridge signed with the loaded Nets but also since the former San Antonio Spurs’ forward was rumored to join the Miami Heat. Apparently, there’s a reason why Aldridge eventually did not decide to head to South Beach.

According to Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, Aldridge changed his mind because of the Heat’s recent struggles. True enough, the Heat have been disappointing in the past couple of weeks after losing six straight games. Aldridge then decided to join Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving and company in the Nets who he believed are title contenders over the Heat. 

In fairness to Aldridge, the Nets have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. And they’ve done this without Durant in most of their games. Harden in particular is having an MVP season averaging 25.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 11.2 assists.  It was a good move for the Nets to sign Aldridge given that he will be playing in the frontcourt which analysts and fans believe is their biggest weakness. 

As for the Heat, they should feel good about their acquisitions before the trade deadline took place this week. They acquired Victor Oladipo, Trevor Ariza, and Nemanja Bjelica while still being able to keep their young sharpshooters Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson. Although the road for them to repeat as Eastern Conference will be tough given their recent drop in the standings. Despite what Aldridge thinks, it would be foolish to dismiss Jimmy Butler’s will to lead his team once again to the Finals.