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How the Lakers lost LaMarcus Aldridge

How the Lakers lost LaMarcus Aldridge

LaMarcus Aldridge will not sign with the Lakers because he was unimpressed by their Tuesday night presentation, according to a person familiar with the situation. He met with them the moment free agency began, considered them part of a “two-horse race” with the San Antonio Spurs and “wanted to be wowed” but was actually turned off by the lack of analytics on the basketball side of their pitch, the person added. Aldridge, who turns 30 in two weeks, engaged with the Lakers' presentation team, asking numerous questions throughout the two-hour meeting, but was noncommittal about a future with them when it ended. The Lakers would have given him a maximum...