Why LaMarcus Aldridge Needs To Sign With The Lakers
LaMarcus Aldridge agreed to have another meeting with the Lakers on Thursday, sans Kobe Bryant and Jeanie Buss.
This followed the seemingly cold outcome of their first meeting, which left Aldridge dissatisfied with the Lakers.
The Portland Trail Blazers were able to sign their All-Star guard Damian Lillard to a 5-year contract extension, but they lost the other core members of their organization. Nicolas Batum got traded to the Charlotte Hornets for Noah Vonleh and Gerald Henderson. Wesley Matthews agreed to a four-year offer with the Dallas Mavericks, according to sources and Robin Lopez received a $12M – $13M offer from the New York Knickerbockers, which are very close to acquiring the Portland’s starting center.
Obviously, the Rip City is not focusing on contending for the title this year, but more about getting players that might compensate the talent of the players who lost their faith on the franchise.
And the big question now is to which organization Aldridge should bring his prime career. A team that will give him the best shot at competing for the title this year.
That franchise is no other than the Los Angeles Lakers.
Now with the buzzing around him and the meeting that transpired after Aldridge cancelled on the Knicks, here are reasons why he should choose Lakers as his next home.
1. Kobe Bryant
Simply said, it’s where Kobe Bryant is. Although speculations about his talent have been circulating with his continuous aging, we have all been witnesses to how he led the Lakers to the playoffs in the last 2012-2013 season.
If it was not because of that season-ending injury, LA would have been one of the favorites to compete for the championship title despite Dwight Howard and Steve Nash’s inconsistency.
With his toughness, leadership, and ability to operate when things get tight, Kobe is still Kobe. Adding a very versatile star player like Lamarcus Aldridge will create a lot of great things for the Lakers.
This is when things get more interesting for this storied franchise. You can now start thinking about this team 2-3 years from now.
2. Strong Roster
With 2015 NBA All-Rookie First Team member Jordan Clarkson, returning Lakers’ last year’s lottery pick forward Julius Randle, the development of center Tarik Black, and the addition of this years draft members D’Angelo Russell (second overall), Larry Nance Jr. (27th overall) and Anthony Brown (34th overall), Lakers surely has a bright future ahead. Aldridge is in the prime of his basketball career. He is 29 years old and still has a long way to go. With these talents circulating you, things will be a lot easier and will surely attract other players to be part of the group.
3. Rebuilding Process Victory
And “rebuilding” process had never been a problem for the Lakers. Remember when NBA made the Chris Paul trade impossible, Mitch Kupchak and the rest of the Lakers’ Management still came up with their own strategy in gaining players to retain the competitiveness of the team.
They were able to make Dwight Howard and Steve Nash join the Lakers, and this made them the most favored team to win the NBA Championship that year.
Aldridge has that hunger and thirst to be on a championship duel. But he also needs to reconsider his future with that franchise he is heading. He is now in danger of either joining a team that has the same goals as his or again spend years on playing and creating great plays but accomplishing nothing.
(The views and opinions in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Morning News USA.)