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LaMarcus Aldridge Likely To Have Double Recovery Time By Waiting On Surgery

Jan 25, 2015 6:50 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge could miss the start of training camp next season by delaying his thumb surgery.

Although Aldridge is not risking his long-term health by playing with a torn ligament, a specialist in the field said he could now be facing a recovery that will take twice as long -- up to three or four months.

Dr. Steven Shin, a hand/wrist surgeon at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, said the only downside Aldridge faces by postponing his surgery are the longer recovery time and having to play through pain.

"The reason why we suggest surgery rather than waiting is the quality of ligament can deteriorate with time,'' Shin said.

The overall recovery time goes from 6-to-8 weeks to three-to-four months, Shin said.

Jason Quick/Oregonian

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

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LaMarcus Aldridge Puts Thumb Surgery On Hold, Will Play Against Wizards

Jan 24, 2015 2:34 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge has put surgery on hold for the ligament tear in his left thumb, the Portland Trail Blazers announced Saturday.

Aldridge will play against the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Out 6-8 Weeks With Ligament Tear In Left Thumb

Jan 22, 2015 9:28 PM

A second magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirms that LaMarcus Aldridge has a radial collateral ligament tear in his left thumb.

He will undergo surgery later this week and is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks.

Aldridge sustained the injury in the second quarter of Portland’s 98-94 win over Sacramento on Monday at the Moda Center.

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LaMarcus Aldridge's Thumb In Cast As He Awaits More Tests

Jan 22, 2015 5:08 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge's left thumb is in a cast as he awaits more tests.

An MRI conducted on Aldridge was inconclusive.

Aldridge suffered the injury on Monday when defending DeMarcus Cousins.

Dan Graves/SB Nation

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion

Jan 21, 2015 11:15 AM

The average NBA franchise valuation is now a record $1.1 billion.

There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

The Los Angeles Lakers lead the way at $2.6 billion, up 93% over last year. 

The value of the New York Knicks shot up 79% to $2.5 billion, ranking the team second overall.

Rounding out the top five are the Chicago Bulls ($2 billion), Boston Celtics ($1.7 billion) and Los Angeles Clippers ($1.6 billion).

6. Brooklyn Nets: $1.5 billion
7. Golden State Warriors: $1.3 billion
8. Houston Rockets: $1.25 billion
9. Miami Heat: $1.175 billion
10. Dallas Mavericks: $1.15 billion
11. San Antonio Spurs: $1 billion
12. Portland Trail Blazers: $940 million
13. Oklahoma City Thunder: $930 million
14. Toronto Raptors: $920 million
15. Cleveland Cavaliers: $915 million
16. Phoenix Suns: $910 million
17. Washington Wizards: $900 million
18. Orlando Magic: $875 million
19. Denver Nuggets: $855 million
20. Utah Jazz: $850 million
21. Indiana Pacers: $830 million
22. Atlanta Hawks: $825 million
23. Detroit Pistons: $810 million
24. Sacramento Kings: $800 million
25. Memphis Grizzlies: $750 million
26. Charlotte Hornets: $725 million
27. Philadelphia 76ers: $700 million
28. New Orleans Pelicans: $650 million
29. Minnesota Timberwolves: $625 million
30. Milwaukee Bucks: $600 million

Kurt Badenhausen/Forbes

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LaMarcus Aldridge Suffers Hand Injury, Will Be Further Evaluated Tuesday

Jan 20, 2015 2:38 AM

X-rays of LaMarcus Aldridge's left hand injury are negative, the Portland Trail Blazers announced on Monday.

Aldridge will be further evaluated on Tuesday.

Aldridge suffered the injury in Monday's win over the Sacramento Kings.

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Blazers Finalize Three-Year Extension With Neil Olshey

Jan 8, 2015 4:18 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers are finalizing a three-year contract extension with Neil Olshey, according to a source.

Olshey started as the Blazers' GM in 2012.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

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Blazers Interested In Jermaine O'Neal

Jan 7, 2015 12:47 AM

The Portland Trail Blazers have begun to express interest in Jermaine O'Neal.

O'Neal was drafted out of high school in 1996 by the Blazers.

The Dallas Mavericks are widely considered the frontrunners to sign O'Neal, who lives in the Dallas area. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers are also interested in O'Neal.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Mike Budenholzer, Terry Stotts Named NBA Coaches Of December

Jan 5, 2015 3:02 PM

Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks and Terry Stotts of the Portland Trail Blazers have been named the NBA Coaches of the Month for December, the league announced on Monday.

Budenholzer led the Hawks to the best record in the NBA in December, 14-2 (.875).

Stotts guided the Trail Blazers to the Western Conference's best record in December, 13-3 (.813).

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Al Horford, LaMarcus Aldridge Named NBA Players Of The Week

Dec 22, 2014 1:49 PM

Al Horford and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Dec. 15-Dec. 21.

In winning the honor for the second time in his career, Horford led the Hawks to a perfect 3-0 week (road wins over Cleveland and Houston, and a home win over Chicago), averaging 18.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals in 32.0 minutes (.605 FG%, .750 FT%).

In wins vs. San Antonio, vs. Milwaukee, at San Antonio and at New Orleans, Aldridge averaged 26.3 points (51.7% FG), 14.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.25 steals and 1.25 blocked shots.

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Robin Lopez To Miss 6-7 Weeks With Fractured Hand
Robin Lopez sustained the hand injury in the Trail Blazers' win over the Spurs on Monday.

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Cavaliers Interested In Wesley Matthews
The Blazers have dismissed all overtures for Wesley Matthews and hope to re-sign him as a free agent in the offseason.

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Robin Lopez Out Indefinitely With Broken Hand
Robin Lopez is out indefinitely with a broken hand.

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Kyle Lowry, LaMarcus Aldridge Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Kyle Lowry and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Dec. 1 and Dec. 7.

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C.J. McCollum Sidelined Four Weeks With Finger Fracture
C.J. McCollum will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

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Damian Lillard, LeBron Named NBA Players Of The Week
Damian Lillard and LeBron James have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Nov. 10 and Nov. 16.

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Meyers Leonard Shifts Philosophy From 'Brute' Center To Stretch Forward
Meyers Leonard has shown development in his shooting and has a more defined role as a shooting big man who can stretch the defense.

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Nowitzki Believes He Could Co-Exist With Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge has said he plans on signing a new five-year deal with the Blazers this summer.

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Blazers Exercise 15-16 Options On Leonard, McCollum
The Blazers have exercised team options on the contracts of center Meyers Leonard and guard CJ McCollum.

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Blazers Waive Diante Garrett, Darius Morris
The Blazers have waived Diante Garrett and Darius Morris.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders
In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

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James Southerland To Be Waived By Blazers, Sign Overseas
The Blazers will waive James Southerland.

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New TV Deal Unlikely To Impact LaMarcus Aldridge's Free Agency
LaMarcus Aldridge's annual salary will pencil in at 30 percent of the Blazers' cap when he signs his deal, no matter how much it is.

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RealGM Radio: On The Northwest Division With Strauss, Mason
Daniel Leroux, Ethan Sherwood Strauss and Beckley Mason work through the offseason for the Thunder, Blazers, Jazz, Wolves and Nuggets.

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Blazers Exercise Fourth-Year Option On Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard has averaged 19.9 points (42.7% FG, 38.1% 3-PT, 85.9% FT), 3.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 0.84 steals and 37.2 minutes per game.

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NBA Live 15 Picks Damian Lillard As Cover Athlete
EA Sports NBA Live 15 has selected Damian Lillard as its cover athlete.

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Blazers Sign Darius Morris To Camp Contract
The Blazers have signed Darius Morris to a non-guaranteed camp contract.

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Monroe Explored Sign-And-Trade With Thunder, Blazers, At Least Three Other Clubs
Greg Monroe and agent David Falk never sought an offer sheet from another team.

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Portland Submits Bid For NBA All-Star Game
Portland has never hosted an NBA All-Star Game.

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Blazers Sign Diante Garrett To Two-Year, Non-Guaranteed Deal
The Blazers can control Diante Garrett's rights if he makes the team out of training camp in October.

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