LaMarcus Aldridge is a no-go for the Olympics as he recovers from right hip surgery, Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com reports. Aldridge is the third player in the past two days to withdraw from Team USA because of injury, joining Chris Bosh, who pulled out today, and Dwyane Wade, who declined his invitation yesterday.
“He's out,” USA Basketball director Jerry Colangelo said. “LaMarcus sent me an email about a week ago saying he wouldn't be available until around August 1, so that told me all I needed to know. He's out and we're moving forward.”
Aldridge's expected recovery time after his May 10 surgery was two to four months, Haynes writes, so he should be ready for Blazers training camp. Team USA has until July 8 to decide on its roster. The absence of Aldridge opens up yet another spot as Lamar Odom, Blake Griffin and Anthony Davis prepare to try out for the squad next week.