Popovich taken aback when LaMarcus Aldridge asked him something unprecedented
It is no secret that over the offseason, San Antonio Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge wanted out of the Alamo City and the Spurs were set to oblige.
Reports surfaced the team tried to deal LaMarcus in the 2017 NBA Draft but ultimately nothing came out of it and he remained a Spur.
However, after a heart-to-heart chat between Aldridge and Coach Gregg Popovich, LaMarcus is having his best season as a Spur and is likely set to be an All-Star for the second time as a Spur.
But before Pop and Aldridge reached common ground, Popovich got a shock to the system when Aldridge asked him something unprecedented - to be traded.
"When he said, ‘I want to be traded.' It's as simple as that. I said, ‘Woah, nobody's ever said that to me before.' It's my 20-whatever year, and nobody's ever said that like, ‘I'm not enjoying this. I'm not confident. I'm not sure you want me here. I want to be traded.'"
I was very candid with him. I told him, ‘I'd be happy to trade you. You get me a talent like Kevin Durant, and I'll drive you to the airport. I'll pack your bags. And I will drive you there, get you on the plane, and get you seated.' He laughed you know, that kind of thing. I said, ‘But short of that, I'm your best buddy because you're here for another year, and you ain't going nowhere. Because we're not gonna get for you talent-wise what we would want. So, let's figure this thing out.' And we did.
It is usually players wanting to come to San Antonio and wear the Spurs jersey and not the other way around.
The Spurs inked Aldridge to a contract extension at three-years, $72 million contract extension in the offseason and he's been exactly the player the Spurs wanted to see on the court when they picked him up three years ago.
Aldridge ranks 17th in the league in points per game and 16th in rebounds per game. He also leads the team in points, rebounds, blocks and minutes per game He also leads the team in scoring in 32 games this season.