Portland Trail blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge will have arthroscopic surgery on his hip and and miss the remainder of the season, according to The Oregonian.
“The organization, myself and my family, we all feel like this is something we want to do, have it fixed now and move past it,” Aldridge said Thursday, according to the report.
Aldridge was named an all-star for the first time in his career, finishing the year averaging 21.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for the 28-31 Blazers.
“I feel bad for LaMarcus,” interim coach Kaleb Canales told the paper. “I know he wants to be out here competing with his team, growing, improving. We spend a lot of time together, so it’s definitely challenging. I support him, the organization supports him.”
It is not yet clear whether or not Aldridge will be forced to miss the Olympics this summer. “I’m not going to rush it because I know my main goal is to be healthy next season,” he said. “I’m not going to push it for that. I definitely want to play with those guys, but I want to be healthy.”