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Kobe Bryant just did this in bid to convince DeAndre Jordan to sign with Lakers

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NBA free agency officially gets under way at midnight tonight and with several big names heading for the market there is sure to be some intense competition between teams over the next few weeks.

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be one of the most active teams as they look to bounce back from a disastrous 2014-15 campaign and, according to one report at least, they haven't wasted any time bringing out the big guns in an attempt to entice star names.

Making calls

According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Kobe Bryant has started his recruiting earlier having picked up the phone to call one player who is already familiar with the city of Los Angeles.

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Per Turner's report, city anonymous NBA officials:

"[DeAndre] Jordan has gotten a call from Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, the officials said. Bryant wanted Jordan to know the Lakers are interested."

With Jordan's future with the Los Angeles Clippers unclear amidst reports of unrest between himself and Chris Paul, it is expected the big man will court free agency offers in the weeks to come. The Lakers, meanwhile, have clearly sensed a serious opportunity to steal him away from their cross-city rivals.

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The LA Times notes that Jordan is expected to meet with the Lakers next Wednesday but not before he speaks to representatives of the Dallas Mavericks.

The 26-year-old also plans to meet with the New York Knicks before ending a busy week with discussions with the Clippers.

Negotiating tools

The Clippers remain favorites to secure Jordan's long-term services and plan to have Doc Rivers, Steve Ballmer and "a video presentation" ready and waiting when they open talks with Jordan. 

What they don't have though, and what no other NBA team has, is a figure who commands quite as much respect as Kobe Bryant.

The Lakers are no strangers to using their talismanic veteran to recruit talent and, in making that call to Jordan already, they clearly aren't afraid to play that card again in search of big name free agency arrivals.

Lakers fans: Would Jordan be a success at the Lakers, and who should your team bring in in Free Agency? Let us know in the comments below...

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