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

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After a dispiriting postseason raised questions about LaMarcus Aldridge’s fit in San Antonio, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich revealed Thursday night that the All-Star power forward requested a trade.

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

Aldridge’s discontent was known, and the Spurs talked with several teams ahead of the draft in hopes of landing a high first-round pick, as USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick reported, but nothing materialized.

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