​On Tuesday, reporter Jackie MacMullan reported that the San Antonio Spurs were unhappy with LaMarcus Aldridge and were thinking of trading him, potentially during the season.


On Thursday, Aldridge cried foul.

​​"I'm winning. Of course I'm happy," Aldridge said on The Jim Rome Show. "That's why I don't buy into the rumors."


For their part, the Spurs have also emphatically denied these trade rumors.

Such a trade always seemed far-fetched, but it would be fun to imagine the possibilities of one of the NBA's best big men being available at the start of the season.


The Spurs, of course, have no real reason to even contemplate trading Aldridge. He's a leader on the team and one of the two best players, along with Kawhi Leonard. The only possible reason the Spurs would trade Aldridge is if they cower in the shadow of the Golden State Warriors, but in San Antonio, that scenario seems highly unlikely.


In his first season in San Antonio, Aldridge went to his fifth consecutive All-Star Game and was named to the All-NBA Third Team for the third time in his career. He'll be licking his chops in a San Antonio uniform on opening night, when the Spurs attempt to prove their mettle against the highly-favored Warriors.