Rumor: Lakers preparing to offer LaMarcus Aldridge 4yr/$80 million contract

Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that LA wants LA.

“All their financial eggs now go into the big-man basket. They want to talk to LaMarcus Aldridge, he wants to listen, and if all goes well for both sides, the four-time All-Star signs a four-year, $80-million deal to be the Lakers‘ power forward. Free agency begins Tuesday and Aldridge turns 30 two weeks later, a minor asterisk for a player who averaged a career-high 23.4 points last season and also 10.2 rebounds.

Portland made it past the first round once in Aldridge’s nine years there, and though the Lakers were coming off their worst season ever (21-61, ugh), you can bet they’d pitch him on a rapid revival. Aldridge already owns a home in Orange County, his initials are tailor-made for the Lakers, and it just so happens that his good plays were rewarded at Portland home games by an audio snippet of Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.”

Aldridge originally had the Spurs as his #1 team to join along with Dallas. If LA can land him it would be the move that they have been needing since the Dwight Howard failure.

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