Blazers won’t say much about Aldridge

Forward said to have ‘abnomality’ with his right hip

By Matt Calkins, Columbian Sports Reporter

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PORTLAND -- LaMarcus Aldridge didn’t step on the court Wednesday, and may not step on the court again this season.

Tuesday, the All-Star forward traveled to Vail Colo. with Trail Blazers trainer Jay Jensen traveled to have his sore right hip examined by Dr. Marc Philippon of the Steadman Clinic.

The conclusion, an “abnormality,” according to Portland acting general manager Chad Buchanan.

Aldridge has complained about his hip intermittently throughout the season as the pain has refused to subside. He had an MRI on the joint March 28, but doctors did not discover anything serious enough to warrant his sidelining.

Asked Wednesday if surgery was an option, Buchan responded: “We’re not going to close the door on anything at this point.”

Aldridge is averaging a team-high 21.7 points and 8.0 rebounds this season while shooting 51.2 percent from the field.

However, with the Blazers’ playoff hopes all but disintegrated, it would seem to make little sense for the Blazers to risk his long-term health by further playing him.

Buchanan would not comment in detail as to Aldridge’s short-term future, saying only that his course of action will be determined in the next few days.