The Lakers spent the first day of free agency operating at a swift pace, fitting in meetings with three marquee free agents that involved a round-trip cross-country flight.
The Lakers learned just as quickly that their initial efforts have not panned out as hoped. Less than 24 hours after meeting Detroit center Greg Monroe for a two-hour meeting in Washington D.C., he agreed to a three-year, $50 million maximum contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Monroe had also met with the New York Knicks and the Portland Trail Blazers.
That set the Lakers going 0-of-2 on the count, which included Portland LaMarcus Aldridge passing up a chance to wear purple and gold after having a 2-hour meeting with the Lakers on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
The Lakers also met with Clippers center DeAndre Jordan on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. But Jordan still plans to meet with the New York Knicks on Thursday afternoon and the Clippers on Thursday evening. He does not plan to agree to sign with any team immediately after his meetings tonight, according to a league source familiar with the situation. But Jordan entered free agency giving what one source called a “slight edge” to the Clippers because of the team’s recent success and his development there in his seven-year NBA career. Since then, Jordan came away impressed with the Dallas Mavericks, whom he met both Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.