Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak Says Changes Will Be Made Reviewed by Momizat on . One of the toughest jobs to perform in the NBA is being the general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers. With tremendous pressure to assemble a combination of pla One of the toughest jobs to perform in the NBA is being the general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers. With tremendous pressure to assemble a combination of pla Rating:
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Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak Says Changes Will Be Made

One of the toughest jobs to perform in the NBA is being the general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers. With tremendous pressure to assemble a combination of players that can contend for an NBA title on an annual basis, GM Mitch Kupchak has been the most criticized and the most praised person in the Lakers organization during his time wheeling and dealing in L.A.

Heading into the NBA off-season this summer, Kupchak will experience that kind of overwhelming pressure once again as he’s expected to make some moves in order to get the Lakers back on track.

After conducting all the exit interviews with current Lakers players, Kupchak sat down with the media to talk about the future of the franchise and whether or not moves will be made via Mark Medina of the L.A. Times:

“There will be some change,” he said.

With the Lakers falling apart in the second-round playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder, it became clear that this team can no longer contend with the best of the best in the Western Conference. There’s no question that there is some promising young talent on the current squad with players like Ramon Sessions and Jordan Hill, but addressing an extremely weak bench and the futures of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum in L.A. will be top priorities for Kupchak.

The immediate future of Sessions and Hill will be decided in the near future with both players potentially becoming free agents as of July 1. The consensus is that the team will re-sign both players, but nothing is set in stone at this point.

Even though dealing with free agents Matt Barnes, Devin Ebanks, Troy Murphy, Hill and Sessions will be a high priority, the real question is what the team plans to do with Gasol and Bynum.

Kupchak has said that the team will exercise Bynum’s option of $16.1 million. The Lakers’ front office indicated this intention during the regular season, but the team may exercise that option and immediately trade him for a player like the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard.

As for Gasol, the future in L.A. looks bleak to say the least. With the two-time NBA champion being the team’s best bargaining chip on the trade market, a blockbuster deal might be on the horizon if the Lakers can find some interested teams with players that intrigue Kupchak and company.

Needless to say, changes are in the immediate future for the Lakers as they attempt to surround Kobe Bryant with the right kind of talent in order to become a perennial NBA title contender in the last years of his contract.

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  • http://twitter.com/littleshyguy jeremy

    laker all they should do is resign hill, session and ebanks. trade pau for a younger PF. then trade for AI.  the center spot if howard wants to come then trade for him. or steal nuggets young center. bynum is good but he too big of a distraction. also he so immature. lakers dont need that

  • Medasignman32

    Hoping that Javelle McGee is not even considered.  

  • BeatBoston

    If I were the Lakers, I would blow up the bench, get rid of Gasol, and the coaching staff. It is clearly evident that our team’s bench play, Gasol’s inconsistency and softness, and Mike Brown cost us our season. Trade Partners that we should be looking at is Houston, Memphis, Minnesota, Phoenix, Atlanta, and maybe Orlando. The first move I would make is that I would demote Mike Brown to our defensive assistant coach. The next coaching move I would make is to reinstate Brian Shaw to the head coach and have him pick the rest of his coaching staff. Brian Shaw can help us regroup our offense again, and he is well respected by Kobe and the players who had him before. The next front office move I would make is to fire Mitch Kupchak and to bring back Jerry West, or Kurt Rambis as a General Manager. These two men are well respected player figures in Los Angeles. They will be well recepted in Los Angeles. If this doesn’t work, I would promote Jeanie Buss as the General Manager. Unlike Mitch, She has a Brain.

    Player moves that I would make:
    Move 1-Sign Michael Beasely using trade exception from Odom
    Reason: This is the easiest way to recieve a all around scoring threat from free agency.
    Beasly also has size and versitility. Beasely can guard 2′s through 4′s and could play shooting guard through power forward.

    Move 2- Trade Pau Gasol for Zach Randolph and OJ Mayo 
    Trade Pau Gasol for Josh Smith and Jeff Teague
    Trade Pau Gasol for Lamarcus Aldrige and Wesley Matthews
    Trade Pau Gasol for Kevin Martin and Kyle Lowry.
    Pau Gasol for Stephen Curry and David Lee
    Pau Gasol for Tyreke Evans and Demarcus Cousins
    Pau Gasol for Deron Williams

    Reason- As you can see, most of these Pau Gasol trades, except the Atlanta one; gives us a sixth man and a power forward with skill and toughness. The Memphis- Lakers trade works the best for Pau Gasol personally. Pau will have the ability to pair with his brother Marc and Memphis was very open a couple weeks ago about shipping Mayo. The second trade with Atlanta is a great one because it one that we could steal. Josh Smith is in his prime and is a top 10 power forward and Jeff Teague is lightning quick and can stay with quick guards.
    The Portland one is good because Lamarcus Aldrige is basically an all star caliber player, and Wes Matthews is a sniper off the bench. Plus, his dad was a former Laker. Next, the Houston trade  will give us a nice starting point guard in Lowry and a Shotgun off the bench in Kevin Martin. The Golden state trade can give us to players in their prime, and Stephen Curry and Kobe backcourt can be nice if both are healthy. The Sacremento one Pau Gasol for Demarcus Cousins would better prepare our team for the future. Last, Pau gasol for Deron Williams would give us a dangerous backcourt of Kobe and Deron. This will spell danger for the rest of the NBA.Anyone one of these moves would significantly help our team. 
    Move 3- Resign Hill, Ebanks, Morris, Sessions
    Reason- These players are very young and are yet to reach their true prime.Move 4- Sign Odom to a mini mid level exception
    Reason- Odom can be signed to a cheaper price, and next seson he will come back in shape and in focus. The reason for his poor play is that he was mentally broken from what Mitch Kupchak tried to feature him in the almost Chris Paul trade. Prior to that trade, he had one of his best seasons ever. He gained the 6th man of the year award. I feel that without his reality show and the media, he will be hungry.
    Move 5- Sign Shannon Brown
    Trade Blake, Murphy, McRoberts,and Eyenga and use cash considerations for sign Steve Nash.

    Reason- It is clear that to win a champioship in this league nowadays, you have to be somewhat athletic. I feel if we sign Brown he would have the foot speed and athleticism to keep up with quick point guards. Plus, I would like him to be the new starting point guard. The Steve Nash move will bring us a smart point guard who can see the floor the best and he can shoot the lights out. Nash’s specialty is to drop dimes. I am also against this move because he is aging, has a back health condition, and isn’t the best option on defense.

    I think that these series of moves will bring us back to the top.
    LakeShow is back 2013 BaBy!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/A73CQOJ24VO5TXWMPCOIGL6IQQ Thickboy

    I think it’s about time they have to change Management, ever since they booted Sasha and Farmar, Lakers never or ever been so competitive, the fact that they don’t have the 6th man to even trigger better offensive and defensive game, they keep changing personnel, why fix something that wasn’t even broken? Change Management I say !!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_354P6MHDTG5BVRDSTSY35ZVHSA Pee

    ****************************Attn Mitch Kupchak must read************************make sure this gets to lakers GM ASAP!*******************

    Hmm let see when Gasol has a bad game or doesnt show up its still better production than 75% of the other biggs in the league!
    but when bynum doesnt feel like playing or showing up theres no contributions or doesnt demand attention from the defense
    so thats laughable, and lakers and fans alike better realize who was more important in winning the most recent championships
    we acqured, i do believe that we even won a ring with out bynum when he was out hurt and then won another with him playing half
    duty due to injury again. So my advice is to not be cheap keep both or cash out the bynum sweepstakes now while his stock is up
    and reel in some bigname starstuded talent along with some bench fillers with some punch that will help get more bling, with keeping
    Gasol he is more selfless and can pass to the new talent and more of an mature professional anyway!

    Oh and bring in a coach that will have a better offense system that doesnt just depends on kobe going 1 on 1 or 1 on 5 hopefully they’re 
    offense will utilize the talent so we dont cough up games in the 4th qaurter

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