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Aldridge signs 5-year extension

Updated: October 23, 2009, 8:06 PM ET
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers signed forward LaMarcus Aldridge to a five-year contract extension on Thursday.

With the Oct. 31 deadline looming, the Blazers needed to strike a deal with Aldridge or he would have become a restricted free agent next summer.

Aldridge signed a deal that with incentives could pay him nearly $70 million.

"Whether it was during the summer or now, I feel blessed," he said.

Aldridge joked that he called his mom to tell her ...

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