Despite issuing a full-court press with a two-hour meeting, the Lakers will not land LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency, according to reports from the Los Angeles Times and Yahoo! Sports.
One league source categorized the reports as “false.” But both detailed Aldridge apparently feeling unimpressed with the Lakers’ presentation, believing that it put too much focus on branding opportunities over both basketball strategy and the team’s rebuilding.
The Lakers brought a full cast to the meeting, most notably Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, coach Byron Scott, general manager Mitch Kupchak, president Jeanie Buss and executive Jim Buss. The Lakers’ meeting also included assistant general manager Glenn Carraro, senior vice president of business operations Tim Harris, team publicist John Black as well as representatives with Time Warner Cable SportsNet and AEG.
Aldridge also met with the Houston Rockets, the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns.