LaMarcus Aldridge insists he’s happy with Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge isn’t buying into rumors that he might be traded by the Spurs this season. He insists he’s happy in San Antonio.
“We made history last year,” he said. “They incorporated me into the family and tried 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’ve done everything they’ve asked of me.”
In his first season with the Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge averaged 18 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks, not to mention made his fifth All-Star appearance. He finished the season as the Spurs’ second-leading scorer behind Kawhi Leonard. He’s originally from Texas. His family is here. There’s no reason we shouldn’t believe he’s happy.
Going into his second season in San Antonio, Aldridge says he’s a lot more comfortable here. “I’m not as lost out there. I’m more confident in what’s going on and what my role is and how things go on here. Last year, I was more in the dark…a little lost at first.”
Rumors have surrounded Aldridge for years, questioning how happy he was with the Portland Trail Blazers. He reportedly felt other players were stealing his deserved spotlight, which is why he jumped at the chance to join with a post-Tim Duncan Spurs franchise.
Of course, here in San Antonio he’s sharing that spotlight with Kawhi Leonard – and Aldridge admitted that took a while to get used to. The Spurs led Aldridge to believe he’d be the future of the franchise, with Leonard as his wingman. That obviously hasn’t happened, with Leonard proving to be the rising star of the Spurs franchise.
Still, maybe LaMarcus Aldridge is changing his ways. Even if he’s not the Spurs’ number one player, he’s certainly a star, and apparently he’s trying to be more of a leader. “[Coach Gregg Popovich] has 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.”
The Spurs are denying trade rumors, and while this probably won’t stop the gossip (it never does), we need to go into this season believing LaMarcus Aldridge is sticking around. If he isn’t, well, chances are a trade won’t happen until next summer.