That didn't take long. Just one day after it was revealed that LaMarcus Aldridge had been cleared by his doctors to return to the NBA, the seven-time All-Star has now agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets for a sensational return to the team.
According to reports, Aldridge has put pen to paper on a one-year deal worth $2.6 million with the Nets. The 36-year-old veteran has now spoken out about why he's decided to return and what exactly he envisions for Brooklyn this coming season:
“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 told ESPN in a statement. “I loved my brief time with Brooklyn and am excited to rejoin the team in pursuit of a championship.”
There appears to be one bold objective of Aldridge's mind upon his return, and he isn't shy about saying it out loud. It's championship or bust for Aldridge and the Nets in 2022.
Aldridge retired from the NBA five months ago. He was forced to call time on his decorated career due to a heart problem and very few, if any, imagined he would be able to return to the league. For their part, it looks like the Nets kept tabs on LaMarcus' situation post-retirement and this reunion has the makings of a narrative fit for nothing less than an NBA title.