After being cleared to come back to the league, LaMarcus Aldridge decided to return to play for the Nets as the big man signs a 2.6 million contract with the team.
In April, the big man retired due to an irregular heartbeat after playing just five games with the Nets. His addition to the already-loaded team will still be beneficial. He still can add moral support for his teammates on the court while he watches them courtside. On the court, the 36-year old can still provide defense within the paint and can collect rebounds for the team.
Aldridge has been in the league for a decent amount of time now. He has played for the Trail Blazers where he spent his first nine seasons there before playing six seasons with the Spurs. After that, he played for the Nets. In his career overalls, the big man averages 19.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game.
“I retired in April based on what I believed was the wisest precautionary decision for my personal health at the time, but further testing and evaluation by several top physicians has convinced the doctors, myself and the Nets that I’m fully cleared and able to return to the rigors of the NBA,” Aldridge shared. “I loved my brief time with Brooklyn and am excited to rejoin the team in pursuit of a championship.”
Now that Aldridge is back with the Nets, a team that is clearly contending for a championship this upcoming season, he will have an excellent chance to win a ring.