Portland Trail Blazers star LaMarcus Aldridge has decided to put off surgery after tearing a ligament in his left thumb, the team announced on Saturday.
The three-time All-Star power forward was expected to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks.
From the report:
The are no assurances of how effectively, or how long, Aldridge can play with the injury, but there’s belief in the Portland organization that the long-term risk of this decision is minimal. Aldridge would’ve been required to wear a splint even after returning from surgery, sources told Yahoo Sports, so allowing him to try playing now isn’t believed to hold significantly more consequences.
Over 38 games this season, Aldridge has posted team-high per-game averages in points (23.2) and rebounds (10.2). The 29-year-old will enter unrestricted free agency this summer.
Portland (31-13) currently sits in third place in the Western Conference.