LAMARCUS Aldridge denied he was unhappy in San Antonio and squashed trade rumors circulating about ending up elsewhere if he underwhelms in his second season with the Spurs.
"I'm winning. Of course I'm happy," said the 31-year old Aldridge. "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. They've incorporated me into the family. Try to make me one of the big pieces."
The Spurs forward appeared on the Jim Rome show, as reported by Spurs Zone's Jeff Garcia, on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) where he maintained he had a strong relationship with coach Gregg Popovich and his teammates.
"I talk to (Popovich) daily and he tells me I'm doing great," said the four-time All-Star, who joined the Spurs as a prized free agent after playing nine years with the Portland Trailblazers.
He described his role as being a leader with the team with Pop's support.
"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," Aldridge added.
The Spurs made history last season when they matched a 40-1 home record in the regular season. With the departure of long-time big man Tim Duncan, Aldridge is expected to play a bigger role in San Antonio.