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Kobe Bryant, Jeanie Buss will be in Lakers pitch meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge


The Lakers are bringing out the big guns — and we don’t just mean the effort to clear out a cap space and go after a couple max contract stars.

The Lakers are bringing their biggest names into the room for their meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge just after free agency starts — including Kobe Bryant. From Sam Amick of the USA Today.

According to a person with knowledge of the Lakers’ situation, Bryant is expected to be part of the meeting with Aldridge on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The meeting with the big man who is widely expected not to re-sign with the Portland Trail Blazers is also expected to include Lakers president and governor Jeanie Buss, general manager Mitch Kupchak, assistant general manager Glenn Carraro, coach Byron Scott, senior vice president of finance Tim Harris, vice president of public relations John Black, as well as representatives from Time Warner Cable and AEG.

Lakers fans, before you celebrate this, remember Kobe was in the room before. His saying he was staying a few more years and his presence seemed to derail an already fragile meeting with Dwight Howard two years ago. Last year Kobe was not in the room, but then he and Carmelo Anthony spoke later and both questioned if their games would would really blend well. (They were right by the way, that would have been a ball-stopping mess.) His presence in the room is no guarantee — not everybody loves him.

But Kobe is being active in free agency this year, he has already called DeAndre Jordan to lobby him.

The Lakers are one of the front runners for Aldridge and could land other top free agents, and they have a reputation for making good pitches. But there is nothing quite as random and unpredictable as NBA free agency.

League execs say ‘there is not a robust market’ for Dwyane Wade in free agency


Dwyane Wade is viewed by many as having declined in recent seasons, primarily due to a combination of age and injury.

But he’s still capable of performing at a very high level, if not necessarily for an entire 82-game season.

Wade was the Eastern Conference’s third leading scorer last year, behind only Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. If the Heat don’t meet his contract demands, he could become a key contributor on a contending team if he chooses to leave in free agency. But there may not be many clubs that would be willing to take that risk at the price he would command.

Chris Broussard of ESPN.com:

League execs telling me there is not a robust market for DWade because of his age (33) and injury problems.

This may be true, but it only takes one team to step up with a contract offer that would make Miami nervous.

Teams like the Knicks and the Lakers immediately come to mind, because their large markets demand star power to sell those high-priced seats. It’s the reason New York gave Carmelo Anthony a max contract, and it’s the reason L.A. overpaid Kobe Bryant on the final two years of his deal.

Wade returning to the Heat remains the likeliest outcome of his journey into free agency. And even if there aren’t many teams that come calling, there will almost certainly be one or two that are willing to have that conversation.

Report: Knicks front runner to land Arron Afflalo (and Greg Monroe, too)

New Orleans Pelicans v Portland Trail Blazers

The Knicks made a respectable call picking Kristaps Porzingis at No. 4 in the NBA Draft — if they can be patient and develop him this is a reasonable gamble. But patience will be key as he is three years away from really contributing to the Knick at anywhere near the level they hope.

Patience is not exactly the strong suit of New Yorkers. So what are the Knicks going to do to get better short-term?

How about landing Greg Monroe and Arron Afflalo? The Knicks are the front-runners to get both, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports — but it’s not cheap.

For months, the Knicks and rival executives have believed that New York is the likely destination for Detroit free agent forward Greg Monroe, and now it appears that Afflalo is the most likely target to potentially join him with Carmelo Anthony in New York, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

With Monroe expecting to command a maximum contract on the market, Afflalo could earn a deal in the neighborhood of three years, $36 million-$38 million, league sources said.

Afflalo started last season in Denver then was traded to Portland to back up Wesley Matthews, which was a fantastic plan to add depth to a dangerous team. Well, it was a fantastic plan until Matthews suffered an Achilles injury and was out for the season, forcing Afflalo to start. The Blazers were not the same after that

That price for Monroe is the going rate for a quality big man in the NBA, if the Knicks don’t offer it the Lakers and a host of other teams will.

But $12 million a year for Afflalo? The most he has ever made in a season is $7.75 million. Last season he averaged 13.3 points a game but his efficiency took a hit (his 53.3 true shooting percentage was right at the league average). He’s solid defensively, but not as good as his reputation. Bottom line is he is a solid pro, a quality rotation player and a guy worth having on your team, but $12 million per may be a little steep for the guy.

Still, the Knicks have money to burn and they do need to get a little better now. Monroe, Afflalo and a healthy for the season Carmelo Anthony might be able to make the playoffs in the East.