LaMarcus Aldridge Rejects Lakers Over ‘Lack Of Analytics’ In Presentation
Not impressed by the Los Angeles Lakers’ presentation on Tuesday night, LaMarcus Aldridge will not be signing for the basketball team, a person informed of the situation said.
According to Los Angeles Times, Aldridge was not impressed as there was a lack of analytics in the presentation on the basketball front. The basketball player had thought of the Lakers to be part of a “two-horse race” with the San Antonio Spurs.
While it was reported earlier that the meeting was a success and Kobe Bryant was contented with the meeting, a different situation surfaced soon thereafter. Fox Sports reported that Bryant was not able to provide answers that could win Aldridge away, leaving Aldridge dissatisfied with the meeting.
Furthermore, when asked how he thought the duo would play together, Bryant exemplified it by comparing his dynamic with Pau Gasol.
Although Aldridge asked questions and seemed engaged in the meeting, it became certain that he wasn’t committed about a future with the Lakers by the time the meeting came to a close. An $80 million four-year contract would have been given to him had things worked out differently.
Spurs seems to be the leading contender to take Aldridge onboard, with the Phoenix Suns and Portland Trail Blazers close behind in the race.
The four-time All Star averaged 23.4 points last season with the Blazers, delivering 10.2 rebounds.
The Lakers had a meeting with Greg Monroe, the former Detroit Pistons player, in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. The team is also scheduled to meet center DeAndre Jordan in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
On the Lakers’ roster are two post players, center Robert Sacre and power forward Tarik Black, with NBA experience.
According to CBS Sports, Aldridge is the third free agent in three years to have rejected the Lakers, after Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony. Howard had departed from the Lakers after a clash with Bryant and joined the Houston Rockets as a free agent, while Anthony returned to New York.
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