LaMarcus Aldridge Mulling Return to NBA After Medical Consultation

LaMarcus Aldridge may be returning to the NBA.

Aldridge, a seven-time All-Star with the Portland Trail Blazers and the San Antonio Spurs, retired abruptly in mid-April after joining the Brooklyn Nets. 

The cause of Aldridge’s decision to step away from the game was the result of heart concerns emanating from an irregular heartbeat he suffered during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Aldridge was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a disease that can cause a rapid heartbeat, as a rookie, but he had never experienced it in-game until this past season. At the time, Aldridge posted on his social media accounts that it was among the “scariest things” he’s ever experienced.

According to ESPN, Aldridge is likely going to engage in conversation with interested teams in the coming weeks and if he were to sign, the organization itself would need to medically clear him before he would be able to sign a contract. Nonetheless, the 36-year-old Aldridge is still unsure if he plans on un-retiring or not. 

If he were to return, Aldridge would likely be a key veteran piece for teams contending for a championship.

Throughout his career, Aldridge has been a reliable post presence and a deadly scorer with career averages of 19.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.