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Lakers informed LaMarcus Aldridge will not sign contract, didn't 'gel' with Kobe Bryant, according to report

The Lakers are out of the running for LaMarcus Aldridge.

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been informed that LaMarcus Aldridge will not be joining their team in free agency, reports Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. Further, it's reported that Aldridge didn't "gel" with Kobe Bryant during the meeting, according to Bresnahan.

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Reports indicated that the Lakers were gaining confidence in their chances to sign Aldridge, and the team was given the chance to be the first pitch to the All-Star big man. The Lakers' pitch was "too focused" on opportunities for Aldridge off-court in Los Angeles, which didn't appeal to the soon-to-be 30-year-old, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Several teams are still in the running to sign Aldridge, but the Lakers are now able to move on early in the process. The Spurs are still considered the favorites to sign Lamarcus. Los Angeles still has a chance to make their pitch to DeAndre Jordan, but it's one of the last remaining big name free agents on the table for Los Angeles.

As far as what we know of Kobe's involvement and the entire Lakers' pitch, Bresnahan, Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne had this to share:

It seems like it wasn't just an issue with whatever it was that Kobe brought to the table.

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