With the Free-Agent Market Drying Up, Whats Next for the L.A. Lakers?

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Everyone expected the Lakers to swing for the fences once the NBA free agency started.

After passing on big man Jahlil Okafor many expected the Lakers to go all out for LaMarcus Aldridge - and they did. There were graphics by fans, tweets by celebrities like Adam Levine and finally - a meeting that by all accounts was a dud.

The news broke, shortly after the meeting, that it did not go well and that Aldridge was not impressed with the basketball portion of the Laker presentation. It’s hard to say whether Kobe's 3-minute portion steered the 6'10 big man either way, apparently using his on-court relationship with Pau Gasol as the model for a success with Aldridge.

Clearly the decision that Aldridge makes is going to be not only one that pads his wallet and bank account but clearly he wants to win - L.A. could not convince the 6'11 Center that they were ready.

Teams like the Suns and the Spurs are clearing cap room to try one woo Aldridge and the meeting with the Phoenix Suns apparently went well.

There was also talk of a trade to obtain, from the Sacramento Kings, DeMarcus Cousins but once the Lakers drafted D’Angelo Russell and decided they would retain the Ohio State guard, talks with the Kings fell apart. The Lakers and General Manager Mitch Kupchak also whiffed on DeAndre Jordan from the L.A. Clippers who will most likely sign with either the Dallas Mavericks or stay with the Clippers who also added some offensive firepower in forward Paul Pierce.

The Lakers had also been courting Cavalier big man Kevin Love, who is a California native. Love chose to re-sign with the NBA Finals runner-up Cleveland Cavaliers to the tune of a lucrative 5 year $110 million contract after meeting with the Lakers.

Another coveted big man the Lakers were thought to have a shot with was Greg Monroe formerly of the Detroit Pistons, Monroe chose to sign with the up-and-coming Milwaukee Bucks.

The situation for LA is getting more dire with the departure of big man Ed Davis who signed a free-agent deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.

With the probable loss of Jordan Hill the Lakers will have very little in the way of quality low post scoring with only Robert Sacre and Tarik Black at Center.

Next up for Mitch Kupchak is a possible trade to acquire David Lee from the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors but the well is slowing drying up as is the shelf life for all-star guard Kobe Bryant and with the fan base clamoring for moves the Lakers have seemed to be a day late and a dollar short.