ESPN NBA analyst Tom Penn joins Ryen Russillo to discuss the Los Angeles Lakers' strategy in free agency, whether the New York Knicks or Lakers are more attractive to free agents, and the impact of the salary cap increase.
Penn explains why the Lakers aren't attractive to free agents this summer. "They don't have much to offer, other than being in L.A.," Penn said.
"The Lakers sales pitch has to be a two-year sales pitch," stated Penn, who thinks the Lakers are a more appealing situation than the Knicks.
"Kobe's only under contract for one season. And then, he will be back but it will be at a much reduced rate I would think," Penn noted. "They will have room to build around, plus L.A. has D'Angelo (Russell) and Julius Randle."
The Knicks, on the other hand, are locked into a big contract with Carmelo Anthony for four more years.
Ed Davis is leaving Los Angeles for the Portland Trail Blazers. Now, like most of the rest of the league, he's waiting for LaMarcus Aldridge to make a decision and determine just how big Davis' role will be in his new home.
Davis agreed to terms on a three-year, $20 million deal with the Blazers on Thursday, agent David Bauman of Relativity Sports said.
The 25-year-old Davis was the 13th overall pick by the Toronto Raptors in 2010, but he has bounced around the league for his first five seasons. He spent two and a half seasons in Toronto and another season and a half in Memphis before signing a two-year deal with the Lakers last summer that allowed him to opt out after his first year.
Davis averaged 8.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in just over 23 minutes per game with the Lakers, a productive stint especially for a player making under $1 million. He's getting a hefty raise to go to Portland, but he won't know exactly what his role will be with the Blazers until Aldridge decides where he will sign.
If the All-Star power forward chooses to remain in Portland, Davis will be a valuable and versatile piece off the bench for a Blazers roster that is in flux. Nicolas Batum was traded to Charlotte, free agent Wesley Matthews is unlikely to return and new faces including Gerald Henderson and Mason Plumlee have arrived to change things up.
Monroe spurned the New York Knicks among other teams by agreeing to terms with the Bucks on a three-year maximum deal worth approximately $50 million with a player option for the final year, sources told ESPN.
Yahoo! Sports reported the agreement earlier Thursday.
Monroe, the 6-foot-11 big man out of Georgetown, was linked to the Knicks as a primary free-agent target because of his ability to score, rebound and pass and his potential fit in the triangle offense. Monroe's decision to join the Bucks is a blow for New York, which is looking to add more talent around star Carmelo Anthony.
Falk, Monroe's agent, said all four teams offered his client a maximum deal but Monroe chose the Bucks because he believes they have the best chance at making the playoffs immediately.
NBA free agency started Wednesday, but teams can't officially sign players until July 9.
Monroe immediately gives the Bucks an offensive and rebounding presence inside.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, he was one of five players (along with DeMarcus Cousins
In the wake of reports that LaMarcus Aldridge will not be signing with the Lakers after their meeting with the free-agent power forward late Tuesday did not go well, the team has deleted a tweet from its verified Twitter account aimed at recruiting Aldridge. The specific tweet showed a photo of musician Adam Levine holding an Aldridge Lakers jersey.
Team president Jeanie Buss has also deleted a tweet from her verified account, aimed at recruiting Aldridge. That tweet showed a photo with the hashtag "#LAtoLA"
Aldridge, the Lakers' top free-agent target, was underwhelmed with Tuesday night's meeting, a source told ESPN's Chris Broussard, saying that the presentation focused too much on the off-the-court amenities of life in Los Angeles and not enough on basketball.
A source told the Los Angeles Times that Aldridge has crossed the Lakers off his list of potential destinations, but Aldridge's representation tweeted Wednesday that Aldridge had "not made any decisions yet. All reports to the contrary are false & he looks forward to sharing his plans soon."
The Lakers star tweeted a meme as reports were circulating about the Lakers' meeting with Aldridge.
Less than 24 hours after meeting with highly coveted free agent LaMarcus Aldridge, the Los Angeles Lakers are "stunned" to hear that Aldridge was less than impressed by their presentation, a source told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.
The Lakers were the first to sit down with Aldridge, in a meeting that lasted nearly two hours and had seemed to the Lakers to go "really well," a source told Shelburne.
However, Aldridge was underwhelmed with the meeting, a source told ESPN's Chris Broussard, saying that the presentation focused too much on the off-the-court amenities of life in Los Angeles and not enough on basketball. The Lakers tried to sell Aldridge on the marketing opportunities available in L.A., the Los Angeles Times reported.
Aldridge was described as "engaged" but "noncommittal" during the presentation, reported the Los Angeles Times. A source told the Times that Aldridge has crossed the Lakers off his list of potential destinations. Aldridge's representation tweeted Wednesday that Aldridge had "not made any decisions yet. All reports to the contrary are false & he looks forward to sharing his plans soon."
Lakers star Kobe Bryant was in attendance at the meeting. Aldridge asked Bryant how he thought they would play together and Bryant compared it to his dynamic with former teammate Pau Gasol, a source told Shelburne.
Wednesday evening, it appeared the Lakers were moving on without their top target.
The team deleted a tweet from its verified Twitter account aimed at recruiting Aldridge. The tweet showed a photo of musician Adam Levine holding an Aldridge Lakers jersey.
It also appeared team president Jeanie Buss deleted a tweet from her verified account that showed a photo with the hashtag "#LAtoLA."
The Lakers' #LAtoLA tweets weren't deleted out of sheepishness, sources told ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin, but rather by NBA request after other teams complained.
The team had cleared the #LAtoLA tweet plan with the NBA's legal department beforehand but still honored the requests to delete the tweet, sources told McMenamin.
Aldridge also scheduled meetings with the Houston Rockets
Butler will have a player option for the fifth year of the deal, but the pact assures he will be in Chicago through the 2019-20 season.
Butler had one of the biggest breakout seasons in recent memory this past season for the Bulls, becoming an All-Star for the first time, while averaging 20.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists a game. He became one of the best two-way players in the game and guarded the opposition's best perimeter player on a nightly basis.
Bulls executive vice president John Paxson was already on record as saying the team would match any offer sheet Butler would sign this summer, but the hope within the organization was that it could work out a deal beforehand.
Free agency started Wednesday, but deals can't officially be signed until July 9.
ESPN.com's Nick Friedell contributed to this report.
The meeting went "really well," a source who was in the room for the Lakers' presentation told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne.
"LaMarcus seemed completely focused," a source told Shelburne.
The Lakers' contingent included Kobe Bryant, president Jeanie Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak.
The Houston Rockets met with Aldridge after the Lakers.
According to one source, the chance of Aldridge staying with the Portland Trail Blazers