Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak On Coaching Search, NBA Free Agency (VIDEO)

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak On Coaching Search, NBA Free Agency (VIDEO)


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After the 2014 NBA draft, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak gave updates on the Lakers coaching search and commented on the upcoming free agency, without mentioning any free agents in particular. Kupchak said the Lakers have narrowed down their search and confirmed that they have interviewed with Byron Scott twice and both interviews went well. When did Kupchak say he expects the Lakers to have a free agent by?

Plus, Kupchak says in the event that they have the opportunity to be in contention for top free agents, they will be prepared to “go all out.” What else did Kupchak have to say about free agency? Check it out in our video above and don’t forget to subscribe to our Lakers Nation YouTube Channel.

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  • Jerry

    $1,800,000 is the most a NBA teams has ever paid to buy a Second Round pick in NBA history.The Lakers paid The Washington Wizards $1,800,000 to obtain the draft rights to Jordan Clarkson the 46th pick of the Second Round.For that money it made history last night for a bought Second Round pick.Jordan Clarkson better be good in order to justify that type of spent money out of the Buss family pockets.

    • ra

      these are billionaires we’re talking about. $2M is just a drop in the bucket for them.

    • DKWTTY

      Never heard of him but some people in Lakers articles were saying he was good and surprised he dropped so low. I don’t about all of that.

    • Clarkkent113

      FO wouldn’t spend it unless they were sure Clarkson was starter material, or at the very least 6th man material. He’s going to be on the roster and probably get a good amount of minutes.

      It also makes me think that they are doing their due diligence in case they don’t land ‘Melo. If they don’t get Melo then this will be another lost year, so they’ll want to test out a young PG to see if he can be the PG of the future. We know what Marshall is, and he’s a solid backup, that’s it. Nash is done. So if no Melo, next year will be Clarkson’s 82 game interview for a spot on a bigtime roster come 2015 and 2016.

      If we do get Melo, we still may play Clarkson a bunch anyway. But more likely we’d then find a proven PG in free agency (maybe Lowry) and try and make a run next year.

      I think Lakers must believe Clarkson is going to be a solid starter in this league. Why trade for MCW when this kid could potentially do the same thing?

      • Al Haldie

        It all comes down to WHAT OFFENCE THEY RUN….

    • Josh

      Does $1.8 million really mean much to the Lakers? I don’t think it affects cap space, so who cares?

    • jhernandez1981

      You realize the lakers is the third or fourth wealthiest sports franchise in history right? And that the Buss family aren’t spending there money, or that they are the only owners?

  • Jerry

    $1,800,000 for Jordan Clarkson a Second Round pick most money spent on a Second Round pick ever.Mitch must love Jordan Clarkson to pay that $$$$$$$.

  • Jim213

    Either Scott or Hollins will get the gig.

    • ra

      agree. So, pick one based on the draft. (will also have to consider FA later on).

    • e3bonz

      Your pick, or best guess which one?

  • kliff richard

    LA Lakers make decision if who head coach make my choose Hire George Karl or Jeff Van Gundy and mike woodson and lionel hollins or Mark Jackson and try to interview i consider Doug Collins for as Next Head Coach LA Lakers right now please

    • Thoughtso


      • Chrmngblly


    • They call me Pringles

      Jeff Van Gundy was recently hired by the Pistons.

      Doug Collins? Really?? Come on, we can do better than that.

      • kliff richard

        no it is stan Van Gundy hire pistons

        • They call me Pringles

          Yeah my bad. It was Stan.

  • Chrmngblly

    Yeah. Cheap move. I would also like to see Marshawn Brooks get serious and fight for his life for a change because that is what is at stake—AGAIN. If he sand-bags again he is gone. He is really talented, too. What a waste so far.

  • roseducanna

    Can JAME or MELO come to LAKERS for coach SCOTT?

    • courtney harris

      james can (dont want him) but melo cant. i say that because though melo is a decent rebounder, he is not known for his defense. scott is too old school minded to turn a blind eye to the lack of hustle. i think byron makes for the best coach because not only is anxious to redeem himself, he really wants to see LA back in the spotlight aka CHAMPIONSHIPS.

  • courtney harris

    I believe that lakers are taking scott to be the head coach. i personally believe that they’re (mang. & scott) are discussing ideas on how the team will be assembled and who is going to complete the staff. mitch said we should have a coach (earliest next week). i dont believe the rumor that FA’s will be having a hand in picking the next head coach, especially when they are adamant about not letting kobe dictate the future.