It didn't take long for the LaMarcus Aldridge trade rumors to be squashed by the man, himself.
The San Antonio Spurs forward appeared on the Jim Rome show on Thursday to clear things up, telling the host that he's happy with the team and that head coach Gregg Popovich is happy with him too.
"I didn’t buy into [the rumors]. I haven’t heard anything about it. I talk to Pop daily and he’s always telling me that I’m doing great and trying to learn new things. And trying to be more of a leader. He’s putting me in position where I can be more of a leader," Aldridge told Rome. "As long as the guys here aren’t saying bad things to me. All my teammates have said nothing but great things to me. As long as the guys in my family here aren’t saying bad things, I’m fine."
Rome pressed Aldridge, trying to keep it real, asking if he really was happy with being in San Antonio and his role with the team.
"I am [happy]. 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. Of course I’m happy. That’s why I don’t buy into the rumors," Aldridge said. "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."
Aldridge also talked about what he learned from Tim Duncan, incorporating himself further into the Spurs system in his second training camp, and fellow Longhorn Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder to join the Warriors.
You can listen to the full interview here: