According to multiple reports the San Antonio Spurs are open to trading star forward LaMarcus Aldridge. One person not buying those reports is LaMarcus Aldridge himself. The star forward joined The Jim Rome Show on Thursday and shared his reaction to his name being thrown around in trade speculation as he enters his second season with the Spurs after coming off a 67 win season.
“I didn’t buy into it. I haven’t heard anything about it,” Aldridge told Rome. “I talk to Pop [Head Coach Gregg Popovich] daily, and he always tells me I’m doing great and [I’m] trying to learn new things and trying to be more of a leader, and he’s putting me in positions where I can be more of a leader. So as long as the guys here aren’t saying bad things to me, and all my teammates have said nothing but great things to me. So as long as the guys in my family here aren’t saying bad things, then I’m fine.”
When asked point-blank if he was happy in San Antonio, the 5-time All-Star was quick to respond.
“Yeah, for sure I am,” Aldridge said. “We made history last year. They incorporated me into the family and tried to make me one of the big pieces.
“I’m from Texas, I see my family, I’m winning, like of course I’m happy. That’s why I don’t buy into the rumors, and I feel like I do my job here, and I feel like I’ve done everything that they’ve asked. So that’s why I haven’t bought into the rumors.”
Over the summer, former NBA MVP Kevin Durant shocked the basketball world by signing with the Golden State Warriors as a free agent. Aldridge shared his reaction to hearing about his former Texas Longhorn teammate deciding to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Warriors.
“I was surprised, but you know, it’s his choice,” Aldridge said. “So none of us have the right to say if it was right or wrong, and I’m happy for him, and I wish him all the best.”
When asked what the surprising part was, leaving Oklahoma City or signing with the Warriors, a team coming off of the greatest regular season in NBA history, Aldridge went with the latter. “I was just surprised that he went to Golden State. I did not think he would go there. I thought he would either stay or come with us, but it’s not my decision. It was his.”