LaMarcus Aldridge dismisses reports that he'll be traded by the Spurs

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LaMarcus Aldridge was the marquee free agent in the summer of 2015 and decided to join the San Antonio Spurs where he enjoyed a good first season back in his hometown of Texas.

The big man averaged 18 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game, which earned him a fifth All-Star selection.

However, despite his good first year in San Antonio, a recent report by ESPN's Jackie MacMullan suggested that the Spurs are open to the idea of trading the 31-year-old.

"Sources were telling me the other day that LaMarcus Aldridge may not even finish the year with the Spurs. That experiment hasn't quite worked out the way they hoped," she said.

Another ESPN writer Zach Lowe also predicted that the former Portland Trail Blazer would be traded in this upcoming campaign, though that was part of his '30 crazy predictions for the 2016-17 season' piece.

Aldridge himself, though, has come out and quashed the rumours and was keen to set the record straight before it dragged into the new year.

"I talk to [coach Gregg Popovich] daily and he's always telling me that I'm doing great," Aldridge said on the Jim Rome Show.

"[I'm] 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."

The power forward further reiterated his stance in an interview with the San Antonio Express-News' Tom Orsborn, saying: "(Popovich) is a pretty direct person and this organisation is first class, so if that was the issue I would have known way before the media knew, so I wasn't worried about it at all,"

With Tim Duncan now retired, LA will take on added responsibility along with Kawhi Leonard to help the Spurs mount a challenge against the juggernaut that is the Golden State Warriors.

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