Aldridge is the fifth player out of the original 31-man player pool who were selected to compete for a spot on the USA basketball roster to decline participation due to injury. The 6'11" forward joins Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (knee), Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (knee), New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (shoulder), and a pair of Los Angeles Clippers players, point guard Chris Paul (hand) and power forward Blake Griffin (knee).
The remaining big men on the original 31-man player pool are Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, Denver Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried, Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green, Sacramento Kings power forward DeMarcus Cousins, and Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond.
Aldridge averaged 18 points and nine boards this past season, earning him All-NBA Third Team honors. He also played in his fifth NBA All-Star Game.