Nets forward LaMarcus Aldridge has announced his retirement from the NBA during his 15th season. This announcement comes just 20 days after he signed with Brooklyn. Aldridge is citing problems with an irregular heartbeat as his reason for retirement.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the news via Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
Nets‘ LaMarcus Aldridge announces he is retiring from the NBA.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 15, 2021
Aldridge spent the first ten seasons of his career as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers before being signed by the San Antonio Spurs in 2016. He spent exactly two weeks as an official member of the Nets, as he was introduced on April 1. He played in five games with Brooklyn, starting all five and averaging 26 minutes, 12.8 points and and 4.8 rebounds per game.
According to reports, the seven-time All-Star has been undergoing surgeries for his heartbeat issue since he was a rookie in 2006. Despite signing with Brooklyn to attempt to win a championship, Aldridge is putting his health first and retiring from the league so his issue does not worsen.
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