The rich just get richer. This is exactly the case for the Brooklyn Nets, who themselves recently acquired the services of former All-Star big man LaMarcus Aldridge after he agreed to a buyout with the San Antonio Spurs.
Aldridge has been out of action for an extended period, and according to Nets head coach Steve Nash, the veteran will need to work on his conditioning before he is able to make his Brooklyn debut (h/t Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press):
Steve Nash said it could be somewhere around 2-4 games before LaMarcus Aldridge plays as he builds up his conditioning.
— Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) March 29, 2021
The last time Aldridge took the floor was back on March 1 against, ironically, the Brooklyn Nets. He logged just 15 minutes in that contest and he's now been out of action for around a month. At 35, Aldridge is no spring chicken so he will need some time to get his conditioning back.
Including Monday's tilt against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Nets play just three games this week. Based on Nash's assessment, the earliest Aldridge can come back would be in two games' time which could be on Wednesday against the Houston Rockets. However, if he ends up on the far end of the timetable then that would mean he could make his debut on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls.
Nothing is set in stone here, though, and Aldridge could always end up missing more time if the Nets deem that his conditioning still isn't up to par. This is Brooklyn we are talking about here, and they have been known to be extremely cautious with their stars. It's also not as if they need Aldridge back desperately.