It is official. Just minutes after the Brooklyn Nets traded away DeAndre Jordan to the Detroit Pistons, they have now added LaMarcus Aldridge once again. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, it is a one-year deal for the big man to return to the Nets.
After retiring with heart concerns five months ago, seven-time All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge is returning on a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets, his agent Jeff Schwartz of @excelbasketball tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 3, 2021
The writing was on the wall for Aldridge to join the Nets after he was cleared a while back, and now it is a reality as he rejoins Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden.
Aldridge played just five games for the Nets after being bought out from the San Antonio Spurs and he shocked everybody with his sudden retirement announcement due to health issues.
Before joining the Nets, he played well for the Spurs in 21 games. He averaged more than 13 points per game and still provided a spark. When they added him it made it seem like they could make a run at the NBA Finals.
But, he retired, and Steve Nash’s squad faced tough injuries to both James Harden and Kyrie Irving, and not even Kevin Durant’s Herculean effort was enough to get past Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in the playoffs.
So, welcome back to the NBA and to the Brooklyn Nets LaMarcus Aldridge!