San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge has been at the center of a trade rumor when ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan reported he is in the outs in San Antonio.
The news of friction between the Spurs and Aldridge on the way out took over the NBA by storm. Everyone was caught off guard by the report leaving everyone’s head spinning.
There have been no words from Aldridge himself, until today. He appeared on The Jim Rome Show to talk about the rumor.
Oct 12, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) against the Orlando Magic during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Aldridge said he is not buying into the rumor by MacMullen, and stating he is happy in San Antonio. He also stated that he likes being part of the on-the-court leadership with Kawhi Leonard, and is enjoying the winning culture.
“I didn’t buy into it. I haven’t heard anything about it. I talked to Pop (head coach Gregg Popovich) daily and he’s always telling me that I’m doing great,” Aldridge said. “Trying to be a more of a leader. He’s put me in positions where I can be more of a leader. As long as the guys here aren’t saying bad things to me. All my teammates have said nothing but great things to me.”
“Yeah for sure I am (happy in San Antonio). We made history last year. They’ve incorporated me into the family. Try to make me one of the big pieces.”
“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.”
Every fan in San Antonio was floored by the rumor when it was brought to light Wednesday. This rumor didn’t make sense from the get go.
The Spurs paid Aldridge handsomely. The team is coming off a 67-win season with him, and he comfortably fit in with San Antonio and was productive during the regular and postseason.
Report stated that Aldridge did not want to play second-fiddle to the rise to stardom of Leonard. This type of talk from San Antonio is unheard of.
Hopefully Aldridge’s words on the rumors will definitely put everyone at ease. It seems as if he is right where he wants to be, in San Antonio with the Spurs.