LaMarcus Aldridge claimed on Saturday that he has not requested a trade from the Portland Trail Blazers.

“I haven’t demanded a trade,” Aldridge said in an e-mail.

It had been previously reported that Aldridge would welcome a trade out of the Blazers, had not renewed his sponsorships in Portland, and believed the city was too small.

“I’m looking forward to who we sign in free agency to make us better,” Aldridge said in the e-mail.

Aldridge is considered a key player in the Blazers' rebuilding effort.