NBA Free Agency 2015 Update: Los Angeles Lakers sit with LaMarcus Aldridge, Kobe Bryant is with the team

In a desire to place the franchise back into the playoffs, the Los Angeles Lakers were the first to talk with LaMarcus Aldridge when the NBA free agency started Tuesday night. The meeting lasted nearly two hours, according to ESPN.

Ramona Shelburne reports that the meeting went really well. A reliable source told Shelburne that LaMarcus seemed completely focused. Kobe Bryant, president Jeanie Buss and general Mitch Kupchak were the Lakers’ representatives.

Aldridge is one of the most sought free agents this year and numbers of teams are going to sit down with him to express their desire. The San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks will meet Aldridged in the coming days.

The All-star forward played nine years with the Portland Trail Blazers. According to the team, the return of Aldridge is “very unlikely”.

In his rookie season in 2006-2007, Aldridge averaged 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 22.1 minutes per game. Aldridge averaged 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds last season.

The Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs also believe they have a shot to lure Aldridge.

The Lakers, sources told ESPN, firmly believe they will now be in the Aldridge hunt. And there is a rising sentiment, sources said, that the Lakers have edged past the Mavericks on Aldridge’s wish list even though he was a high school star in Dallas.

ESPN reports added:

“The Spurs, sources say, continue to be Aldridge’s most likely destination if he goes through with the idea of leaving the Blazers to start anew.”

Surely, the Lakers are going to return into a contender once they signed Aldridge. Will Aldridge be playing with the Lakers?

Lorena used to compete twice in the National Secondary Schools Press Conference. Her love for news writing has not left her veins. As a part of Pabaon News, she exhibits timeliness and clarity.