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LaMarcus Aldridge | Center/Forward

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/19/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 260
College: Texas
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LaMarcus Aldridge went off for 38 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, a steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers on 13-of-23 shooting in Wednesday's loss at Cleveland.
He took advantage of LeBron James' absence with a big night, but the Blazers couldn't stop Kyrie Irving tonight. It's pretty incredible that Aldridge is playing through his thumb injury, but if tonight is any indication, it doesn't look like he's going to miss any time with the injury. Hopefully you didn't jump the gun and cut him after the Blazers announced he would have surgery. He's going to wait until after the season, barring any setbacks. Jan 28 - 10:24 PM

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LaMarcus Aldridge is not planning on sitting out any more games, and he will delay his surgery until the offseason.

"As of now, I’m back," said Aldridge. "But if I get [my thumb] whacked or if something happens where I can’t tolerate it and I’m not playing at a good enough level to help the team, then I’ll have surgery. But as of now, I think they have done a good job of protecting it, so I’m back for the season and then I’ll just have surgery in the offseason." Owners will just have to hope he can stay healthy, but coming off a 26-point outing, his production is not going to be an issue.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 27 - 7:02 PM

There is a chance that if LaMarcus Aldridge delays his thumb surgery, he could miss the beginning of training camp next season.

While Aldridge is not risking any further injury by playing with a torn radial collateral ligament in his left (non-shooting) thumb, a specialist in the field stated that delaying surgery could cause his recovery time to take twice as long (up to three to four months). However, Aldridge has said he plans to play through the pain, so this will just be something to monitor heading into next season.
Jan 25 - 7:11 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge looked fantastic in his shocking return to the lineup on Saturday during a 103-96 victory over the Wizards, making 9-of-22 from the field for 26 points with nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes.

He wore a brace on his thumb and didn't seem to be too bothered with his injury. Aldridge was hit on his bad hand a few times and was not in visible pain. Additionally he had some interesting comments today. Before the game, Aldridge said that he is going to try to play through the injury, but he did leave the door open of him changing his mind. Following the game, he said the Blazers losing two games in a row before tonight factored into his decision. Aldridge also said "of course" when he was asked about his thumb hurting. He didn't mention Nicolas Batum (wrist) directly, but reading between the lines suggests that was a factor, too. Aldridge is going to be a volatile fantasy property, but he's a must start player while he's active.
Jan 25 - 1:18 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) will play against the Wizards on Saturday.

Wow! He is going to put the surgery on hold and will play through the tear in his left thumb. This is easily the most shocking news of the season after the team announced he was going to rest 6-8 weeks. Obviously grab Aldridge in all leagues and hope he can avoid an aggravation. Maybe he's just putting off the surgery until Nicolas Batum (wrist) can play? Whatever his reasoning, it's hard to explain and he will likely have some answers later today. If you added any Blazer in even 14- or 16-team leagues, you can cut him. Although owners in deeper leagues can look to Dorell Wright, C.J. McCollum or Victor Claver because Nicolas Batum is hurt.
Jan 24 - 2:31 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge (left thumb) will have surgery on his radial collateral ligament tear and will be out 6-8 weeks.

The Blazers are in deep trouble. Aldridge is sixth in the NBA for points per game and 11th in the rebounds per game. He's also third in the NBA in field goal attempts per game, so coach Terry Stotts is going to have to go back to the drawing board on how to get his other guys shots. It'll be a mixture of guys because Stotts loves to play the matchups. Dorell Wright benefitted the most on Wednesday, but players such as Thomas Robinson, Meyers Leonard, Victor Claver and Chris Kaman will also have to help out more. Of course, the trio of Damian Lillard, Wes Matthews and Nicolas Batum will also have to step up. Owners in standard leagues can think about grabbing Wright, but he is going to be inconsistent.

LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) is listed as out for Thursday's game against Boston.

We should know the results of his second MRI very soon, so owners will want to check back for updates. Aldridge is currently wearing a cast on his thumb, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him spend some additional time on the sidelines. Nicolas Batum and Dorell Wright will continue to be the biggest beneficiaries in Aldridge's absence.
Jan 22 - 7:05 PM

Sean Deveney of The Sporting News is reporting that LaMarcus Aldridge (hand) has a cast on his thumb and is getting another MRI on Thursday.

Aldridge's previous MRI was reportedly inconclusive due to swelling, but the cast on his thumb (which could be precautionary) isn't great news. We'll have updates on LA as more information becomes available, but it would be a surprise to see him suit up on Thursday while Chris Kaman, Thomas Robinson, and Dorrell Wright will all see a boost in fantasy value while Aldridge is out.

LaMarcus Aldridge (hand) will get another MRI on Thursday.

He had his first today and the Blazers didn't provide an update. An inconclusive MRI usually isn't good news, but it doesn't necessarily mean Aldridge has structural damage. The Blazers are going to have some wacky rotations sans Aldridge with Thomas Robinson, Chris Kaman and Victor Claver possibly playing more.
Jan 21 - 7:43 PM

Updating a previous report, LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) was evaluated by a hand specialist on Tuesday, and he is scheduled to undergo an MRI later this week.

Aldridge will miss Wednesday's game vs. Phoenix, and he remains without an official timetable to return. Chris Kaman figures to be the primary beneficiary if Aldridge is forced to take an extended absence, with Dorell Wright, Meyers Leonard, and Thomas Robinson all being in line for extended minutes. Stay tuned.

LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Suns.

The Blazers did not provide any further updates on Aldridge's injury other than he will not travel with the team to Phoenix, and he is set to see a hand specialist. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, but it's looking like an extended absence for Aldridge is a real possibility. Chris Kaman, Dorell Wright, Meyers Leonard, and Thomas Robinson will all see some increased opportunity with LaMarcus sidelined, with Kaman being the most consistent option of the group.

X-rays taken on LaMarcus Aldridge's left thumb returned negative on Monday, and he will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

This is about as good as the news can get, and he was seen in the locker room with a towel over his hand, grumbling "It's just a towel." Aldridge also had an MRI taken and that might be the bigger test, so owners aren't in the clear. But if you were looking at the speculative adds from earlier in the night, you may want to tap the breaks just a little bit. Chris Kaman should be owned and from there it gets pretty dicey with Meyers Leonard and Dorell Wright being inconsistent options that might hold value if Aldridge is out for a while.

LaMarcus Aldridge injured his left thumb in Monday's win over the Kings.

X-rays and an MRI were taken and the results are unknown at this time. He reportedly couldn't catch a basketball and Kings TV announcer Grant Napear said there was concern in the media room from the Portland side, so right now this looks like it's more serious rather than less serious. Stay tuned.
Jan 20 - 1:01 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge left Monday's game with a hand injury in the first half and will not return.

This would be a huge loss for the Blazers if he were to miss any significant time, and Thomas Robinson would be forced into action, along with Meyers Leonard, Joel Freeland and Dorell Wright. We're not sure of the severity of the injury, nor is the fantasy beneficiary a truly clear picture, but his return was ruled out almost instantaneously. As of right now we'd rank speculative adds in this order: Leonard and Robinson in 12-14 team leagues, respectively, followed by Wright and Freeland in deeper formats. Chris Kaman should already be owned.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 32 points against the Grizzlies on Saturday with nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks and one 3-pointer.

He made 11-of-22 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line in this stat-stuffing gem. The Grizzlies usually shut down big men, so kudos to Aldridge for going off tonight. He's going to get a better matchup against the Kings on Monday.
Jan 18 - 1:26 AM

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All Positions
PG1Damian Lillard
2Steve Blake
SG1Wesley Matthews
2C.J. McCollum
3Will Barton
4Allen Crabbe
SF1Nicolas Batum
2Dorell Wright
3Victor Claver
PF1LaMarcus Aldridge
2Thomas Robinson
C1Robin Lopez
2Chris Kaman
3Meyers Leonard
4Joel Freeland