Lakers' itinerary set for Aldridge

Los Angeles will meet with LaMarcus Aldridge at 9 p.m. PT in L.A. The team is sending: Jeanie Buss, Kobe, Byron Scott, James Worthy, general manager Mitch Kupchak, Jim Buss, assistant GM Glenn Carraro, senior VP of finance Tim Harris and executives from AEG and TIme Warner Cable to woo the free agent big man.

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Ed Davis helped himself last season

Ed Davis showcased himself well last season with Julius Randle sidelined. Davis finishes at the rim, rebounds on both ends and blocks shots, writes Amin Elhassan. Free-agent Big Board 2.0 (Insider)

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Looking at how Aldridge fits with his potential new teams

The 4-time All-Star is going to visit 7 teams as he seeks a free agent deal. Check out how his strengths align with the needs of his potential teams.

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Do the Lakers still appeal to big stars?

-- "It's a close call," said one NBA agent, "but probably not, only because it seems players are valuing other things these days a lot more."
-- "They still have an edge," one executive said, "but not like they used to." What's changed

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Holmes: Lakers' offseason allure still strong?

The Lakers head into an important offseason, but does their brand have as much power as in years past? Baxter Holmes and Larry Coon look at the hurdles the glamour franchise faces in today's NBA.

LaMarcus Aldridge a hot commodity

Want to talk with the free agent? You better get in line.

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Sources: Jordan seeks 4-year deal, bigger role

Free agent DeAndre Jordan is seeking a four-year deal that allows him to opt out after three seasons, which would nullify the Clippers' advantage in keeping him, sources told ESPN.

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Sources: Bulls offer Butler max, other options

The Bulls offered Jimmy Butler a maximum five-year, $90 million contract Monday, leading the restricted free agent to postpone meetings with several other teams.

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L.A. is Aldridge's meeting ground

The Lakers and Rockets will get first shot at LaMarcus Aldridge, with meetings in Los Angeles as free agency begins Tuesday night. Aldridge will also meet with the Spurs, Mavs, Suns, Raptors and Knicks later in the week, sources tell ESPN. Blazers' return 'very unlikely'

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Sources: Aldridge to meet Lakers, Rockets first

The Lakers and Rockets will get the first opportunities to meet with LaMarcus Aldridge shortly after the free-agency period officially begins at 9:01 p.m. PT Tuesday in Los Angeles.

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Lakers rookie Russell has eye on NBA trophies

D'Angelo Russell didn't shy away from the Lakers' collection of Larry O'Brien Championship trophies. The No. 2 draft pick stared at and touched them and even posed for pictures alongside them.

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Nance: 'Terrified' of Kobe's reaction

"I was nervous to send [Kobe Bryant] a long message and then just get an 'Okay,' or not a response at all. I'm just so, so glad he handled that in the manner he did. I still could be up here with a stomach in my knot, or a knot in my stomach. But he did a terrific job and I can't thank him enough for forgiving me." He's 'Mr. Bryant' to me

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Nance was 'terrified' of Kobe's reaction to tweet

Lakers draft pick Larry Nance Jr. said he was "terrified" of his new teammate Kobe Bryant's reaction to a tweet Nance sent in 2012 that referenced a 2012 sexual assault case involving Bryant.

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Lakers declining Jordan Hill's option

The Lakers will not be picking up their $9 million option on forward Jordan Hill, league sources told ESPN. They still have an interest in retaining the forward, who averaged 12.0 PPG and a team-high 7.9 RPG last season.

2014-15 Team Stats

Points Per Game98.519th
Rebounds Per Game43.912th
Assists Per Game20.921st
Points Allowed105.329th

Team History

YearWLPCT
2014-152161.256
2013-142755.329
2012-134537.548
2011-124125.621
2010-115725.695

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