Nets News: LaMarcus Aldridge Retires After 15 NBA Seasons

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In what could have been a postseason filled with the possibility of claiming the NBA title that has eluded him, LaMarcus Aldridge is retiring from the game of basketball effective immediately.

LaMarcus Aldridge Retirement News

Aldridge broke the news himself on his Twitter page after joining the Nets less than a month ago following a buyout with the San Antonio Spurs.

He was a late scratch for the Brooklyn Nets' game against the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier this week, with what was called a non-COVID illness. Now, Aldridge's message makes it clear as to what transpired.

Following Brooklyn's loss to the Lakers on Apr. 10, Aldridge was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat. His condition then worsened, which required him to check into a hospital.

This wasn't the first time in Aldridge's career that he dealt with this condition. In 2017, he missed some time on the court due to the issue, and it's been something he's had to be aware of for a good part of his career. Aldridge retires with 19,951 points, 8,479 rebounds, and 2,034 assists. Brooklyn will now have to decide whether to reinsert DeAndre Jordan into the starting lineup after relegating him to the bench following Aldridge's arrival. The Nets are not back in action until Friday when they host the Charlotte Hornets.

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