Lakers News: Hottest Scoops on LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan and Jim Buss

The Los Angeles Lakers are no strangers to stealing headlines, and that is precisely what they have done throughout free agency thus far by taking a run at signing some of the top stars available on the open market.

Its efforts have been fruitless thus far, but Los Angeles is unlikely to lessen its pursuit until the players put pen to paper. While it doesn't look as though the Lakers are favored to land big-name guys such as LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan, they are doing all they can to bring in a difference-maker who can complement Kobe Bryant, D'Angelo Russell and Co.

As L.A.'s attempt at an accelerated rebuild continues, here is a rundown of the latest happenings emanating from Southern California.


LaMarcus Aldridge

As arguably the top free agent available, it comes as little surprise that the Lakers have shown a great deal of interest in power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. L.A. is so enamored with the former Portland Trail Blazers star, in fact, that it met with him for a second time Thursday.

According to's Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers brass took another run at attempting to impress Aldridge after their initial sit-down didn't go as well as hoped.

Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the 29-year-old All-Star wasn't enamored with what Los Angeles brought to the table the first time they met.

That was largely due to the fact that the Lakers didn't place enough emphasis on the topics that Aldridge considered to be most important, according to Wojnarowski:

After learning that the former University of Texas standout had major reservations about the Lakers, they altered their second presentation significantly, per Shelburne. They reportedly apologized for the first meeting and placed more focus on basketball the second time around with general manager Mitch Kupchak and head coach Byron Scott leading the way, while...

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