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Report: LaMarcus Aldridge considering comeback

LaMarcus Aldridge in Los Angeles Lakers v Brooklyn Nets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 10: LaMarcus Aldridge #21 of the Brooklyn Nets watches his shot in the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Barclays Center on April 10, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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LaMarcus Aldridge – after sacrificing more than $5 million to leave the Spurs for the Nets and sparking major conversation about the NBA’s buyout systemsuddenly retired due to an irregular heartbeat in April. It was the unfortunate end to an excellent 15-year career.

Except maybe it wasn’t the end.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Hopefully, Aldridge can safely play and gets cleared. Whether or not he chooses to return, it’d be nice if the choice were his.

Has Aldridge gotten new information about his health? Again, hopefully. However, players sometimes struggle with retirement, especially when not leaving the game on their own terms.

Though Aldridge slipped significantly defensively, the 36-year-old would garner significant interest if healthy. He also has unfinished business: He said he wanted to return to the Trail Blazers to play with Damian Lillard (which, um, probably could still happen in Portland).