Reports: LaMarcus Aldridge set to meet with seven teams Tuesday
Free-agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge will reportedly meet with seven teams Tuesday evening in Los Angeles when free agency officially begins.
Aldridge will meet with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks, in that order, TNT's David Aldridge reports. The Portland Trail Blazers, Aldridge's team for the last nine years, have already offered him a contract.
Aldridge is leaning toward signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to the Los Angeles Times. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and veteran players Tim Duncan and Tony Parker will attend Aldridge's meeting with San Antonio, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Free agents are allowed to begin meeting with teams at 12 a.m. ET Wednesday, which is 9 p.m. Tuesday on the West Coast. Aldridge is holding his meetings in Los Angeles because he maintains a home in Orange County, Calif., and his agents are based in Los Angeles, Yahoo!'s Marc Spears notes.
Aldridge was selected to the All-Star team in each of the last four seasons. He averaged a career-high 23.4 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game this season, despite playing through a thumb injury in the second half of the season. The injury was initially thought to require surgery by Aldridge delayed the surgery until after the season.
- Dan Gartland