Aldridge, 36, started five games at center for Brooklyn last season, before briefly retiring with a heart ailment. He has played well off the bench in 17 games this season, particularly in the last three games — scoring 24, 15 and 21 points, respectively.
He has also made it clear that coming off the bench has been difficult, given his many years of a starter. Combine that Griffin’s so-so play, and it may make sense for Nets coach Steve Nash to pair Aldridge with star Kevin Durant in the starting frontcourt.
The Nets (13-5) have won three straight and six of seven, returning to prominence in the Eastern Conference despite the absence of star point guard Kyrie Irving.
“That’s life,” Nash told reporters, via Vardon. “We’ve got to try and enjoy trying to find an identity with this group. We had a week or two weeks with a totally different idea and concept that we’d planned for, for the last year. And while that’s unfortunate, we still have a lot of reward ahead of us if we stay with it.”
Moving Aldridge to a starting spot may make the whole idea of staying with a good thing that much easier.