Aldridge, the veteran big man who signed with the Nets in March, suddenly retired earlier this week because of heart problems. The second overall pick in 2006, Aldridge had an extremely underrated career and could eventually find himself in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
As one might expect, playing 15 NBA seasons allowed Aldridge to build his bank account in a significant way.
LaMarcus Aldridge suddenly retired from the NBA
When the San Antonio Spurs parted ways with LaMarcus Aldridge in March, the veteran big man went hunting for a championship.
Although many in the NBA world predicted he would join Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat, the seven-time All-Star instead signed with the Brooklyn Nets. That didn’t last long, but not for reasons anyone would have expected.
Aldridge had missed two of the Nets’ recent games with an illness, one that doctors determined came from an irregular heartbeat. After only five games with the Nets, he abruptly retired for health reasons.
If the Nets win the NBA Finals, he will receive an NBA Finals ring. It is not yet known if Aldridge, who turns 36 in July, could ever be medically cleared to play in the NBA again.
Aldridge had an extremely productive professional career
Barring an unexpected comeback, LaMarcus Aldridge will be eligible to enter the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2025.
Aldridge will have a fascinating case when he hits the ballot, even if the Nets don’t win the NBA Finals this year. He averaged 19.4 points and 8.2 rebounds in 1,029 games across 15 seasons. He earned All-Star honors seven times and appeared on five All-NBA teams.
Aldridge also averaged 20.8 points and 8.5 rebounds across 72 career playoff games. He did not win a championship as an active player.
Basketball Reference has a Hall of Fame probability tracker on its site. This system weighs everything from traditional statistics to championships when deciding if a player will earn an induction. LeBron James, for example, has a perfect chance of entering the Hall of Fame. Houston Rockets point guard John Wall, on the other hand, has a 32.3% chance.
LaMarcus Aldridge’s 50.8% may not sound impressive, but it served as the 121st-highest score at publication. Chris Mullin, in comparison, had a 44.3% chance and earned induction into the Hall of Fame.
How much money did LaMarcus Aldridge earn in the NBA?
LaMarcus Aldridge can never say that he went underpaid as an NBA player.
According to Basketball Reference, he earned roughly $196 million — $195.96 million, to be exact — through the 2019-20 season. He received $18.2 million in guaranteed money from the Spurs this season before they cut him. He would have earned $878,340 through his minimum contract with the Nets.
Because Aldridge retired for medical reasons, basketball fans should expect the Nets to take care of him. He is already guaranteed to receive a championship ring if the Nets win the NBA Finals.
All stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.