After striking out with
While Jordan may choose to change locker rooms at
The Lakers also met with
A single yes would use up most of the Lakers' $22 million in spending power this summer, but what happens if both say no?
The Lakers are well positioned in the backcourt with rookie
Where the Lakers are woefully thin is up front in the paint, bringing back
Other options at center already have come off the market, with
Forward Kevin Love also announced he'd return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Restricted free agent Tristan Thomas is believed ready to join him.
That leaves Trail Blazers center
The Lakers could always look to re-sign
Another path for the Lakers could be using their cap space on the trade market. The team tried to acquire
To revisit, the Lakers would need to pay a hefty price, likely starting with their recent No. 2 overall draft selection in Russell. Cousins will earn $15.9 million for the coming season with three years left on his deal.
The Lakers needed a yes from Aldridge. The path ahead is unclear as they hope one of their fallback options changes the narrative.