Lakers Rumors: Latest News on LaMarcus Aldridge and More as Free Agency Nears

The Los Angeles Lakers are back.

Of course, it takes faith in a few offerings from the rumor mill to believe so. Still, it sounds like free agents once again view the Lakers as an ideal destination—especially with Julius Randle and this year's No. 2 overall pick D'Angelo Russell on board.

With the free-agency gates set to open on July 10, it only makes sense that more and more comes out about the Lakers, a team sure to focus on big men given the construction of the roster.

Below, let's take a look at the latest offerings and what they mean for the organization.


The Greg Monroe Sweepstakes

The biggest order of business in Los Angeles these days is securing a veteran underneath the basket next to Randle, but not just any veteran—a full-blown star deserving of a max contract.

Greg Monroe might just be what the Lakers covet. According to Darrell Williams of the Advocate, Los Angeles is one of five teams in the running: "Five teams have shown serious interest—the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers. Monroe said he’ll meet with those teams this week."

It's interesting Monroe and the Lakers are already coming up in discussions together involving the word meeting.

Make no mistake, Monroe's worth the cash. He's just 25 years old and coming off a season in which he averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game with a player efficiency rating of 21.26 despite a so-so team around him.

Monroe fits what general manager Mitch Kupchak and the Lakers would want in a big man, especially if they miss out on bigger names. He can act as a defensive enforcer and the offense can run through him but doesn't have to, leaving room for everyone to get involved.

As what seems like a backup plan should other moves not work out, Monroe looks like a great fi...

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