LaMarcus Aldridge Cancels Meeting With Knicks — Will Meet With Lakers Again

The New York Knicks just cannot get out of their own way as coveted free agent big man LaMarcus Aldridge has canceled his scheduled meeting with the team, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com.

Aldridge, 30, has been by far the most talked about free agent since the negotiating period for free agents opened up this week. The longtime Portland Trailblazer has met with several teams thus far but obviously not agreed on a contract with any team. Now, he will meet with one less team with this latest development. Aldridge adds that LaMarcus canceled his scheduled meeting with New York due to the team wanting to play him out of position.

The Inquisitr previously reported that Aldridge, who met with the Los Angeles Lakers during his initial meeting with a team during his visiting tour around the league, was not impressed with the team and their presentation. Aldridge apparently did not like that the Lakers primarily focused on the off-the-court aspect of playing in Los Angeles rather than the on-court direction.

But as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports, Aldridge will meet with the Lakers for a second time.

A second meeting between Aldridge and the Lakers comes as a surprise, to say the least. But as Wojnarowski further explains, the reason for the meeting is for the Lakers to smooth out any issues from their first meeting and further discuss the prospect of Aldridge donning the Lakers purple and gold.

Whichever team ends up landing Aldridge will end up with a perennial All-Star. During his nine seasons in the NBA, Aldridge boasts averages of 19.6 PPG and 8.4 RPG. This past season, the four-time All-Star posted arguably his best season yet, averaging 23.4 PPG and 10.2 RPG, finishing seventh in MVP voting in the process.

It appears that the Knicks will not be the team that will receive Aldridge’s services after this latest development. The Lakers, on the other hand, might have improved their chances as they likely will impress Aldridge’s camp with their effort.

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