PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Trail Blazers All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge will have season-ending hip surgery. The team made the announcement following Aldridge’s visit with a hip specialist in Vail, Colo. on Wednesday.
Blazers interim general manager Chad Buchanan says they’re expecting a recovery time of two to four months, but won’t know until after the procedure.
That schedule could allow Aldridge to play for Team USA at this summer’s Olympics, but he probably won’t if it comes at the expense of his NBA team.
Aldridge is averaging over 21 points and eight rebounds per game for the 28-31 Blazers, which are four-and-a-half games out of the Western Conference playoff race after Wednesday’s games.
The team has not set a date for Aldridge’s arthroscopic procedure. The Blazers have seven games remaining, the next in Portland against Dallas on Friday.