We are not even finished with the first day of NBA Free Agency and already so much has happened.
Free Agency Frenzy
Jimmy Butler, DeMarre Carroll and Danny Green all landed themselves nice new deals, with Carroll ditching the Atlanta Hawks for Eastern Conference rivals whilst Butler and Green stayed at the Bulls and Spurs, respectively.
Meanwhile, all three of Kevin Love, Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis made themselves very rich men by signing deals worth over $100M to stay at their current teams for the long term. It was a great day for players and agents with all the zeros that flew around.
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The Los Angeles Lakers were seriously hoping to be big players in free agency, with their considerable cap space to throw around in order to bring in at least one max contract player and other starting caliber forwards.
The Lakers went into today with a long-list of players they were interested in. DeMarcus Cousins in a trade from the Kings, DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers, Goran Dragic, Wes Matthews, Greg Monroe and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Well it seems that the Lakers could end up with none of them, but one of those All-Stars flat out rejected playing in that Purple and Gold earlier today.
According to a report from Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, LaMarcus Aldridge's meeting with the Lakers was a complete failure and they are now out of the running to land his signature.
Adrian Wojnarowski, the man who knows absolutely everything going on in the NBA, backed up Bresnahan's claims saying that Aldridge felt like the Lakers were promoting the history of the franchise and marketability over actual basketball and results on the court.
Bresnahan went on to add that the Houston Rockets have become a real contender for Aldridge following their presentation that was heavy on basketball and analytics, while adding that the All-Star didn't gel at all with Kobe Bryant.
However, Kobe Bryant has seen these reports and isn't too happy about it. Bryant took to Twitter to hit out at these reporters who are trying to claim that his three-minute talk with Aldridge somehow scuppered everything.
The Lakers were thought to have a real good shot at getting Aldridge in and the Portland Trail Blazers big man being a cornerstone for their franchise over the next few years. That isn't happening anymore and it seems like the Lakers should get used to having lottery picks for the short-term future.
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