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Report: Kobe Bryant was ‘very good’ in Lakers meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge, which went ‘really well’

Originally posted on ProBasketballTalk:

The Lakers have had prominent free agent meetings in each of the last two summers, only to come away empty-handed when all was said and done.

L.A. chased Carmelo Anthony last year, and reportedly got close. The year prior it was Dwight Howard, though the chances of him re-upping was always extremely slim, for a variety of reasons.

The Lakers were much more optimistic about their chances of landing one or more big names heading into this round of recruiting, and the first meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly went about as well as could be expected.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com:

The Lakers meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge went almost two hours. Source in the room said it went “really well”

From a person in the room for the Lakers pitch “LaMarcus seemed completely focused.”

Always hard to gauge how a meeting really went, but Lakers felt better about…

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Report: Danny Green agrees to four-year, $45 million deal to remain with Spurs

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Danny Green was expected to receive significant interest around the league as an unrestricted free agent. He’s a prototypical three-and-D guy who started in 80 regular season games for a very good Spurs team last year, and averaged career highs in scoring and rebounding while shooting 41.8 percent from three-point distance.

San Antonio knows just how valuable Green is, so they wasted little time in getting him to re-sign.

Chris Broussard of ESPN.com:

Sources: Danny Green has agreed to a 4 year, $45 million deal with the Spurs

This is a reasonable deal for what Green provides, and honestly it’s very possible he could’ve earned even more had a change of scenery been a real option.

Locking up Green was necessary, but it puts further strain on the Spurs from a salary cap standpoint, especially as they look to convince a max-level player like LaMarcus Aldridge to join the team’s…

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Report: Nets reach deals to re-sign Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young

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Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young both opted out of the final year of their respective contracts with the Brooklyn Nets, and those decisions are paying off in a big way. It didn’t take long for both players to reach new deals with Brooklyn, with Lopez getting three years and $60 million and Young getting four years and $50 million, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

Lopez, 27, will receive a three-year, $60 million maximum contract that includes some protections for the Nets should a recurrence of Lopez’s past foot issues sideline him again, sources said. The deal is expected to include a player option after the second season, which would allow him to re-enter free agency once new television money raises the salary cap.

Young, 27, who opted out of $10.2 million owed him next season, will sign a four-year, $50 million deal, sources said.

It’s unclear what the protections…

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Report: Lakers working to clear out more cap space to land both LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan

Originally posted on ProBasketballTalk:

UPDATE: The amazing Larry Coon ran the numbers in detail over at his CBAFAQ and came to the decision the Lakers could not get both on max contracts, not and keep Kobe (and they are not trading Kobe). Now, maybe you could get one or both to take a slight discount (a couple million) to make this work, but those guys didn’t become free agents this year to take discounts.

The other option is to land, maybe, Aldridge at the max and another top free agent just below that number — someone like Dwyane Wade or Robin Lopez, depending on what direction the Lakers want to go. Either way they are still thinking big.

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These are the Lakers their fan base expects — not just thinking big, they are thinking massive.

The Lakers have the cap space to offer a max contract to someone, and they have meetings set…

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Padres recall Jedd Gyorko from AAA El Paso

Originally posted on HardballTalk:

From the official transactions feed of Major League Baseball …

Gyorko was optioned to the minors on June 10 after batting .210/.282/.311 over his first 131 plate appearances. He posted very good numbers at Triple-A and should see semi-regular playing time at second base in his return to San Diego. Spangenberg and Yangervis Solarte have been splitting starts there.

Gyorko signed a five-year, $35 million contract with the Friars in early-April 2014 after tallying 23 home runs and 63 RBI in 125 games as a rookie in 2013. He has just 12 homers and 52 RBI in 157 games since.

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And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

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Mariners 5, Padres…: Mike Montgomery has made six big league starts. Two of them — the last two of them — are shutouts. This was a one-hitter, in which Yangervis Solarte’s ground rule double in the seventh was the only thing that Padres could muster off of him. Montgomery is the third M’s pitcher to have back-to-back shutouts, with the other two being Randy Johnson and Mark Langston. Johnson once had three shutouts in a row. Montgomery will get a chance to do it against Oakland on Sunday.

Rangers 8, Orioles 6: Game two in which, in my mind, the O’s and Rangers battle for the Rafael Palmeiro Cup, which goes to the winner of the season series between these guys each year. Sort of the Little Brown Jug of big-bopping, band box-dwelling, PED-fueled teams of the 90s. God, what a glorious time. Anyway, Mitch Moreland hit two homers for…

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