Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge has been the subject of some trade rumors and speculation this week, with those reports suggesting that the team would only consider a deal if it’s not a championship contender this season, and only because Aldridge may not be thrilled with his role in San Antonio. Addressing the rumors today during an appearance on The Jim Rome Show, Aldridge dismissed the idea that he’s unhappy with the Spurs (link via Jeff Garcia of Spurs Zone).
“We made history last year. They’ve incorporated me into the family. Try to make me one of the big pieces,” Aldridge said. “I’m winning. Of course I’m happy. That’s why I don’t buy into the rumors. I feel like I do my job here and I feel like I’ve done everything that they’ve asked. That’s why I haven’t bought into the rumors.”
Multiple reports earlier this week indicated that Aldridge’s camp may be unhappy that he has become Kawhi Leonard‘s wingman in San Antonio, rather than vice versa, but the former Blazer downplayed that idea. Aldridge said that he’s had positive conversations with head coach Gregg Popovich and positive feedback from his teammates, adding that Popovich is putting him in positions where he can become more of a leader for the club.
It comes as no surprise that Aldridge would attempt to quell this week’s trade rumors before they gain any real momentum. Based on those earlier reports, some long-term uncertainty has crept into the relationship between the Spurs and Aldridge, but it’s hardly a combustible situation. By all indications, even if the Spurs are perhaps willing to consider a trade down the road, they don’t intend to do so anytime soon. A strong first half by Aldridge and the Spurs could quiet the trade whispers entirely as the 2017 deadline approaches.