NBA free agency: LaMarcus Aldridge agrees to deal with Spurs

The Lakers would love to get free-agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge, but it appears unlikely. STREETER LECKA — GETTY IMAGES

The Lakers would love to get free-agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge, but it appears unlikely. STREETER LECKA — GETTY IMAGES

The Lakers officially missed out on their top free agent target, sending a prideful organization into a summer of tailspin on its rebuilding efforts.

LaMarcus Aldridge has agreed to a four-year deal worth $80 million to the San Antonio Spurs, according to a league source, a move that should ensure the franchise’s continuity even whenever Tim Duncan retires. Aldridge has a player option in his final season, a league source said.

“I’m happy to say I’m going home to Texas and will be a Spur!!” Aldridge wrote on Twitter. I’m excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends.”

The Lakers are hardly excited to hear this news. They have missed out on all their top free agent targets for three consecutive years, including Dwight Howard (2013), LeBron James (2014), Carmelo Anthony (2014), Pau Gasol (2014), Greg Monroe (2015), DeAndre Jordan (2015) and Aldridge (2015). They also could not even land a meeting for certain marquee players this year, such as Cleveland forward Kevin Love and Memphis center Marc Gasol.

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NBA free agency: DeAndre Jordan nearing a deal with Dallas

DeAndre Jordan met with the Clippers on Thursday, as the team hopes to retain the center. (Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer)

DeAndre Jordan met with the Clippers on Thursday, as the team hopes to retain the center. (Andy Holzman/Staff Photographer)

DeAndre Jordan is nearing a decision that will make a ripple effect in Los Angeles far more thunderous than one of his dunks.

Jordan will agree to a four-year, $80 million to the Dallas Mavericks, according to multiple reports, leaving the Clippers without a star center they want to retain and the Lakers without a star center they wanted to obtain.

It was expected that Jordan would decide between either the Clippers or Mavericks. He had entered free agency giving the Clippers a “a slight edge,” according to a league source familiar with his thinking, because of his development there during his seven-year career and affection for coach Doc Rivers. Jordan also would have made $108 million through five years with the Clippers.

But Jordan walked away from his meetings Dallas impressed with their pitch, most notably on the basketball end. After meeting with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on Tuesday evening, Jordan visited the Mavericks for a 4 1/2 hours on Wednesday. Then, Jordan had met with Cuban, president Donnie Nelson, coach Rick Carlisle, forward Dirk Nowitzki and forward Chandler Parsons.

Meanwhile, Jordan found the Lakers “very professional” and considered their two-hour meeting on Wednesday night a “strong presentation,” a league source familiar with the situation. But the Lakers are coming off worst record in L.A. franchise history. Jordan also ruled out the New York Knicks, who only went 17-65 last season.

That leaves the Lakers officially empty handed again after also striking out on Detroit center Greg Monroe and failing to retain forward Ed Davis. The Lakers had a second meeting on Thursday with Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge, but he is believed to be favoring San Antonio.

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Ed Davis on leaving Lakers: “I didn’t really want to wait around”

"The Lakers’ Ed Davis #21 lays the ball up as the Grizzlies’  Jon Leuer #30 looks on during their NBA game at the Staples Center Friday, January 2, 2015.  The Grizzlies beat the Lakers 109-106. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)"

Ed Davis agreed to a three-year, $20 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Grizzlies beat the Lakers 109-106. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Los Angeles Daily News)”

The appreciation for the Lakers grew as they granted Ed Davis a significant role. So did Davis’ affection for Lakers coach Byron Scott, general manager Mitch Kupchak and his teammates.

Yet, Davis went against his hopes that he would re-sign with the Lakers at a more lucrative contract than the $1 million he made last season. Instead, he agreed to a three-year deal worth $20 million with no team or player options with the Portland Trail Blazers. The reasons went deeper any monetary or basketball reasons. Also chalk it up to a case of timing.

“They wanted me to come back,” Davis said of the Lakers in a phone interview with Los Angeles News Group. “But I felt like this was the right decision for me. I didn’t really want to wait around. I was comfortable with everything there. I wanted to go back. Nothing went bad or anything.”
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Lakers to feature D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle on summer league roster

Former Ohio State point guard D'Angelo Russell talks with media after he worked out with Lakers on Monday, June, 8. (Photo by Stephen Carr/Daily Breeze)

Former Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell talks with media after he worked out with Lakers on Monday, June, 8. (Photo by Stephen Carr/Daily Breeze)

The Lakers’ 2015-16 regular season will not start for another four months. The NBA schedule will likely become finalized in another month. But next week, the Lakers will see an early glimpse on what their team will look like when their Las Vegas summer league squad will play.

Point guard D’Angelo Russell will play professionally for the first time since the Lakers drafted him last week with the No. 2 pick. Julius Randle will play for the first time since suffering a season-ending right leg injury in the team’s season opener. Jordan Clarkson will suit up in hopes of building off a promising rookie season in which he made the NBA All-Rookie first team. The Lakers other draft picks in power forward Larry Nance Jr. and small forward Anthony Brown will be there, too. So will power forward Tarik Black and Jabari Brown, who have non-guaranteed contracts with the Lakers.
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NBA free agency: Lakers land second meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge

Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, met with the Lakers’ brass when free agency opened Tuesday night. don ryan — the associated press

Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, met with the Lakers’ brass when free agency opened Tuesday night. don ryan — the associated press

The verdict initially seemed dour on whether the Lakers could land a top free agent. But one prospect that apparently ruled them out only a day ago has given the Lakers another chance.

Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge will meet with the Lakers on Thursday in Los Angeles, according to a league source familiar with the situation. The discussion will center on basketball, a league source said.
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NBA free agency: Ed Davis agrees to three-year, $20 million deal with Portland

One night after missing a potential game-tying free throw in the closing seconds against Memphis, the Lakers' Ed Davis shot 150 free throws at practice and has shown improvement at the free-throw line. Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

One night after missing a potential game-tying free throw in the closing seconds against Memphis, the Lakers’ Ed Davis shot 150 free throws at practice and has shown improvement at the free-throw line. Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

The Lakers’ unsuccessful free agency has taken a turn, morphing from missing out on star players toward failing to retain ones they want to keep.

Ed Davis agreed to a three-year deal worth $20 million with the Portland Trail Blazers, according league sources familiar with the situation. Davis has no options on his deal, league sources said.

The Lakers, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics all expressed interest in Davis, according to a league source. Davis ideally hoped for either a two-or-three-year deal worth $7-8 million, or a one-year deal worth $9-10 million with the Lakers.
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NBA free agency: Greg Monroe agrees to deal with Milwaukee Bucks

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.
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NBA free agency: Lakers meet with DeAndre Jordan

The Lakers had a meeting with Clippers center DeAndre Jordan on Wednesday in Los Angeles.  (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News)

The Lakers had a meeting with Clippers center DeAndre Jordan on Wednesday in Los Angeles. (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News)

The Lakers concluded a long-day that included a cross-country flight and few rejections in the free agency market with a meeting with Clippers center DeAndre Jordan in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening.

The Lakers originally planned to see Jordan around 8 p.m. PST, but they moved up the time to 6 p.m. after team officials arrived in Los Angeles earlier than expected, according to a league source familiar with the situation. The Lakers’ meeting lasted about two hours, which matched the allotted time they spent with Portland center LaMarcus Aldridge Tuesday night in Los Angeles and with Detroit center Greg Monroe on Wednesday afternoon in Washington D.C.

But that length pales to how long Jordan spent with the Dallas Mavericks. He visited with them on Tuesday evening, including Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, as well as a 4 1/2 hour meeting on Wednesday. That visit included what one source in the room described as various breakout sessions, which included Cuban, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, president Donnie Nelson, forward Dirk Nowitzki and forward Chandler Parsons. Jordan left the meeting with Dallas impressed with its basketball pitch.
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NBA free agency: Lakers, Clippers reach out to Carlos Boozer

"Lakers Carlos Boozer slams in two points during first half action at Staples Center Sunday, December 7, 2014.   ( Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News ) "

“Lakers Carlos Boozer slams in two points during first half action at Staples Center Sunday, December 7, 2014. ( Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News ) “

The frustrations became wide-ranging for Carlos Boozer, spending his lone year with the Lakers last season missing the playoffs and partly fulfilling a bench role for the first time in eight years.

But despite averaging 1.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per-game average in what represented his lowest marks since his rookie year in the 2002-03 season, Boozer has fielded interest from various teams since free agency started. Among the teams that expressed interest in re-signing him included the Lakers, Clippers, San Antonio, Portland, Dallas, Houston, Boston, Washington and Miami, according to a league source familiar with the situation.

The Lakers did not express much interest in retaining Boozer after the 2014-15 season, mindful of his performance and its bloated frontcourt that currently includes Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr, Ryan Kelly and Tarik Black. The Lakers also would like to retain Ed Davis, though it remains unclear if they will keep him after he declined his player option worth $1.1 million player option.

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NBA free agency: LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly rules out Lakers

Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, met with the Lakers’ brass when free agency opened Tuesday night. don ryan — the associated press

Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, met with the Lakers’ brass when free agency opened Tuesday night. don ryan — the associated press

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.

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