Wednesday , Aug , 23 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Portland’s Aldridge has surgery, expected to miss start of season

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus
Aldridge underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair a small
ligament tear in his right shoulder.

Aldridge will return from Los Angeles, where the surgery took place, in two to
three weeks and is expected to return to the court in mid-to-late November.

The 6-11 Dallas native averaged 11.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8
blocks in five games during the 2006 Vegas Summer League. He was ranked by the
NBA as one of the top 10 rookies from Summer League.

Portland acquired Aldridge, who was drafted second overall in the 2006 draft,
along with a future second-round pick from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for
forward Viktor Khryapa and the draft rights to Tyrus Thomas (fourth pick
overall).

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