Great veteran man LaMarcus Aldridge, who announced his retired in the spring due to a heart-related health scare, he is seriously thinking about the possibility of returning to the NBA, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
As Wojnarowski explains, Aldridge will request a medical authorization from the team to sign a contract and take back the court. He has yet to make a final decision on whether or not to make a comeback, but he plans to have discussions with the teams in the coming weeks, sources told ESPN.
Aldridge released one Twitter statement on April 15 explaining that he had decided to end his career after experiencing an irregular heartbeat during his last game. He had treated heart problems before, being diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome during his rookie season in 2007 and was missing time due to a cardiac arrhythmia in 2017.
In a June interview, Aldridge said he felt his heart pound on the morning of his last game, but he believed he would return to normal once he got to court. Aldridge recalled:
“I was still firm after the game, but at two o’clock, three in the morning, it was really, really crazy. My heart was beating really crazy, and that’s when it became really bad for me. From two to five in the morning, I was just trying to catch my breath and then around 5:30 or so, I texted the team doctor and went to the hospital. It was probably the scariest night ever. “
The retirement announcement was shocking because Aldridge had been with the Nets for less than three weeks. He chose to come to Brooklyn after reaching a purchase agreement with the Spurs in late March. Aldridge had been locked up in San Antonio while the team was looking for a business partner. He played just five games for Brooklyn, averaging 12.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 26 minutes per night. The sudden withdrawal was a hard pill to swallow, as Aldridge explained:
“It was very hard. I definitely wasn’t ready to give it up and I always felt like I had more to give to a team and I feel like I have a lot to give to the Nets. … Basically, that night being so freaked out – and knowing that I have children, my mom, a lot of people dependent on me and a lot of people I want to see ahead – I just feel like God’s blessing for playing 15 years with this condition , and I didn’t want to push her anymore. “
Aldridge’s situation is similar to that of the former great Heat Chris Bosh, who had to end his career due to a recurring problem with blood clots. Bosh also wanted to try once, but was never able to receive medical permission. Aldridge chose to retire from it while the decision for Bosh was made by Miami medical staff.
If Aldridge can get medical permission to play again, he could be a valuable addition to a contender, even at 36 years old. He was effective for the Spurs last season, starting 18 games in center and averaging 13.7 points and 4.5 rebounds before the franchise chose to give more time to younger players.