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NBA Free Agency: Lakers didn't make strong impression on LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs making huge push to sign

The Lakers meeting may not have gone as well as initially reported, and the Spurs are like sharks in the water now.

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The Los Angeles Lakers put it all on the table for LaMarcus Aldridge, but the unrestricted free agent may not have cared for the message the purple and gold sent him. The Lakers didn't make a "strong impression" on Aldridge during their free agency pitch, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The initial feedback from Los Angeles was that the meeting went "really well," but it's rare for inside sources to say otherwise following such high-stakes negotations.

The San Antonio Spurs are set to meet with Aldridge on Wednesday and have their ducks in a row. San Antonio laid down the framework for a deal to retain Kawhi Leonard long-term, locked up Danny Green to a four-year, $45 million deal and already have a trade set up to send Tiago Splitter to the Atlanta Hawks. The Spurs have positioned themselves with enough cap space to make a maximum offer to Aldridge while still keeping their core together.

LaMarcus is expected to make a decision early in free agency, according to Wojnarowski, and is arguably the biggest domino to fall this summer. San Antonio has an incredibly enticing situation for Aldridge to transition to after his time in Portland, and with the Spurs creating a clear path, it certainly seems like they're the favorite to bring LaMarucs back home to Texas.

The Lakers, meanwhile, still have meetings lined up with Greg Monroe, DeAndre Jordan and Kevin Love. It's unclear when they'll transition into meeting with secondary targets.

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