Spurs manager Gregg Popovich: LaMarcus Aldridge requested trade out of San Antonio


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After a dispiriting postseason lifted questions about LaMarcus Aldridge’s fit in San Antonio, Spurs manager Gregg Popovich suggested Thursday night that a All-Star energy brazen requested a trade.

“He said, ‘I wish to be traded,’” Popovich told reporters. “And we said, ‘Whoa, nobody has ever pronounced that to me before.’ He said, ‘I’m not enjoying this. I’m not confident. I’m not certain we wish me here. we wish to be traded.’”

Aldridge’s displeasure was known, and a Spurs talked with several teams forward of a breeze in hopes of alighting a high first-round pick, as USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick reported, though zero materialized.

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The trade ask spawned an honest discourse between Popovich and Aldridge, that has had all to do with his resurgence this season.

“I was unequivocally vehement with him,” Popovich said. “I told him we would be happy to trade him. ‘You get me a talent like Kevin Durant, and we will expostulate we to a airport. we will container your bags, and we will expostulate we there,’ and he laughed. And we said, ‘Short of that, I’m your best buddy, and we are here for another year, and we ain’t going nowhere since for we talent-wise, we are not going to get what we want, so let’s figure this thing out.’ And we did.”

Aldridge felt gentle adequate to sign a three-year agreement extension in Oct that runs by a 2020-21 season.

Aldridge posted a career-low in scoring final postseason, averaging 16.5 points on 45% sharpened and 7.4 rebounds. After Kawhi Leonard was harmed in Game 1 of a Western Conference Finals opposite Golden State, Aldridge didn’t step up, heading Popovich to contend “he can’t be timid.”

The Spurs were eventually swept, though on serve evaluation, Popovich accepted blame for Aldridge’s struggles.

“As discussions went on, it became apparent to me that it unequivocally was me,” Popovich said. “He’d been personification in a joining for 9 years. I’m not going to spin him into some other player. we could do some things defensively or rebounding-wise. But on offense, we was going to pierce him everywhere. That was only stupid on my partial – sum overcoaching, So, we took caring of it, and he’s been fantastic.”

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