The Los Angeles Lakers have concluded their meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge, clocking in approximately two hours to make their case to the All-Star power forward. The meeting went "really well," sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. Details of the Lakers' pitch, and what the "special" plan they had lined up for LaMarcus, have yet to surface.
The Lakers were represented by Jim Buss, Jeanie Buss, Mitch Kupchak, Kobe Bryant, Byron Scott, James Worthy, and several other high-ranking executives involved with the franchise. Bryant's inclusion with the Lakers may have been a good play, with sources indicating he was "very good" as part of their pitch, according to Bill Oram of the OC Register.
It's too early to tell what this means for the Lakers, as it's rare for "inside" sources to immediately tell reporters that a meeting went poorly. Even if LaMarcus liked what the Lakers had to say, he still has several suitors that will try to top what LA had to offer him.
The Lakers' social media team also got in on the recruitment efforts:
It's 9:01pm PT and Mitch Kupchak is walking in to meet with @aldridge_12 #LAtoLA pic.twitter.com/39Cmyuefmm— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 1, 2015
Aldridge still plans to meet with the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers.