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Mitch Kupchak Says Lakers Will ‘Unfortunately’ Have A Good Draft Pick

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With the Los Angeles Lakers currently sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference standings, the storied franchise will likely be headed toward a high draft pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

During an interview Rick Fox and Jared Greenberg on SiriusXM NBA Radio, GM Mitch Kupchak talked about the immediate future of the team and the draft. Kupchak admitted that a high draft pick is on the way according to Eric Pincus of the L.A. Times:

“The franchise is going to attract players,” he continued. “Unfortunately, we’re going to have a good draft pick this year. We’ll get a good player there.”

Not since 2005 have the Lakers had a high draft with the team taking Andrew Bynum with the 10th pick in the draft. Obviously, the franchise that has won 16 NBA titles isn’t partial to using the draft to become a title contender, but at this point the team has no choice in the matter.

Fortunately, along with a potentially high pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Lakers will have a considerable amount of cap space available this summer. It remains uncertain at this point in time which star players will become available to the highest bidder this summer, but the Lakers will definitely be in the running to sign one or two potential game-changers in free agency.

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh could potentially become available this summer, but there’s still be no indication if any one of the four mentioned will opt-out.
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  • Jim213

    Worry about making some trades before the cutoff time foremost.

    • Daryl Peek

      Side note on the trade front. Miles Plumlee and the Suns got murdered by Howard and the Rockets. If the season ended today the Suns would face the rockets in the first round.

      My money is on a fierce competitor like Jeff Hornacek wanting the services of Gasol given he knows full well Pau could tip the scales in a series against the Rockets in the first round.

      Look for sentiment to change as the trade deadline nears.

      • Jim213

        Agree, I was thinking the same thing hours back when watching the highlights of them getting demolished. Pau would help though if a deal gets done it’ll be tough for the Nuns to use Pau if they’;re intent is to acquire Love as some sources mention given the short time left 2/20.

        Aside of that and going back to when the Lakers played somewhat better… seems that this roster plays best when Farmar and Blake are in the lineup (Farmar Heat’s game). Just seems the other players are more in tune with both than with the other temps.

      • ra

        Yeah, Gasol would be a good addition to any team facing the Rockets, and a big like Dwight Howard.

        Maybe Gasol would be good as a ‘big’ on the Lakers. Oh wait, he’s already here.

        • Daryl Peek

          I’d love for Gasol to ride out in glory with Kobe but I just don’t see that happening. Too much bad blood has built up over the years and I’m not just talking about him and MDA.

          We’ll see how this plays out in the next two weeks.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Yeah draft a great young player and stick with him.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Man this season has been a nightmare.

  • DaTrufe

    Trade the pick for a star

    • ed

      Jackass thats exactly why the lakers are in the situation they are in now. They trade picks constantly and neglect getting young. Its kobes team but a host on young player’s with one or 2 other veterans would be dangerous

  • Nick The Quick

    I mean its almost inevitable that with what we are going through, that we are heading into the lottery. But who knows…Maybe this is the workings of Dr. Buss from up above and he sees a franchise player in the making through this draft. You never know!

  • JohnSmith00

    Frustration, anger and sadness were regular feelings over the past few years whenever the Lakers lost, now it’s the exact opposite. I don’t how many of you are keeping track but just like how tight the standings are in the west a the top, the bottom teams are also fighting for a good placing. Just just a few wins/loses separate 6 teams from landing a pick from 1-5 to 6-10.

    Winning puts them one step further away from a great pick/player and closer to a poor pick and “good player”, and let’s face it the Lakers desperately need a great player. Should free agency over the next two years be a complete bust the Lakers will need a young potential star. Every win keeps them in the 7-14 range and that pick is not likely to deliver a star player.

  • gm jack

    “Not since 2005 have the Lakers had a high draft with the team taking Andrew Bynum with the 10th pick in the draft. Obviously, the franchise that has won 16 NBA titles isn’t partial to using the draft to become a title contender, but at this point the team has no choice in the matter.”

    Let’s not talk about the 16 banners. Let’s talk about Since they moved into Los Angeles.

    Before Magic Johnson Era they had won only one. JUST ONE. AND NEVER BEAT BOSTON. LET’S BE HONEST AND STRAIGHT.

    The Magic Dynasty was fueled by Jerry West in helping Buss bring in Magic, Kareem, and drafting Worthy. That resulted in 5 Rings.

    Then, the Kobe Dynasty was also, ushered in by Shaq, and clever “lane-changing” by Jerry West, in 1996. That is 18 years ago. This built up to another 5 Rings.

    Lakers do not have the depth to pull the things Jerry West did. The last 10 rings were engineered by Jerry West.

    Magic Retired in 1992, Shaq-Kobe Era came in 4 years later.

    Now, all you can hope for is if Lakers, knows what they are doing, need to draft 2 good players, and try to get, Love and Durant.

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