LaMarcus Aldridge, the second pick of the 2006 draft, has been diagnosed with a pretty scary sounding heart condition.
Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome is a rare disorder involving irregularities in the heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmia). Patients have an extra circuit or pathway, called the Bundle of Kent, through which electrical signals are conducted to the heart, allowing excessive stimulation. Palpitations (sensation of rapid or irregular beating of the heart), weakness, and shortness of breath may occur.
These arrhythmias frequently stop spontaneously or with simple maneuvers but may require taking medications daily if they persist.
Isiah Thomas has already been on the phone with Portland brass and The Feed has learned that he's offered unprotected first-rounders in 2008 and 2010, David Lee and Renaldo Balkman. Aldridge must refuse to take a physical or the deal is off. Thomas will throw in another first-round pick so long as the Blazers agree to include Darius Miles to the deal.