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Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  17 responses

Lakers’ GM Mitch Kupchak: No Blowing Up of the Team


Despite the endless rumors, Kupchak maintains that the Lakers’ core group will stay intact. From the Daily News: “Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak separated fact from fiction and truth from rumor in no uncertain terms several hours before the team made the first of its four second- round picks in Thursday’s NBA draft. Kupchak shot down the predraft chatter that had the Lakers offering Lamar Odom to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the second overall pick in the draft, or sending him and Luke Walton to the Philadelphia 76ers for Andre Iguodala. ‘I’m not exactly sure where it all came from,’ Kupchak said of the persistent trade rumors, ‘but prior to our exit from the playoffs, a prominent member of the media suggested we blow up the team, and so I think that created an avalanche of expectations with other teams that we were looking to do things. ‘It’s not our goal right now to look to break up this team.’ Kupchak was referring to team vice president Magic Johnson. ‘Certainly, we’ll explore opportunities, but we’re not out there dialing 27 or 28 other teams (and asking), `What would you do for these players?’ Kupchak added. ‘What I would say is that based on the rumors we’ve heard the last week or so, I don’t anticipate any of those things happening today, tomorrow or the next day.’”

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  • hambone

    after surviving h.i.v it seems Magic Johnson will have no problems surviving being thrown under a bus, a lakers source was heard saying to a ballboy,who told his dentists mom,who was heard through the speaker at the kfc drivethrough

  • MikeC.

    Glen Davis.

  • ripslam

    WTF is hambone talking about?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Pau Gasol is Glen Davis?

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    No Max, Glen Davis is Glen Davis…..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    As long as he finds Glen Davis

  • robb

    “Certainly, we’ll explore opportunities, but we’re not out there dialing 27 or 28 other teams” that’s fine, just call New Orleans and Orlando and say “here’s Gasol and here’s Bynum”.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ 1982

    ‘I’m not exactly sure where it all came from,’ Kupchak said after nobody wanted LO or Luke. But I digress, Glen Davis.

  • seriousblack

    They shouldn’t blow up the Lakers…just Kobe.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    Looks like it’s going to be one year too soon for the Lakers. They have a first class flight to Spurs Zone…

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    ^Woops. I meant one year too LATE. my bad. “Looks like it’s going to be one year too LATE for the Lakers”

  • Wagers

    This just in, The Staple Center has been blown up.

  • Wagers

    Oh and by the way, Kupchak sounds like ‘Cup Check’ just sayin…

  • dee

    I was hoping the Lakers would’ve drafted Isaiah Thomas. Point Guards are hard to come by. Although he’s small, he can ball!!! They drafted the kid out of Michigan & I keep hearing the same thing “he should’ve come out this year” I hope this is not the case. As we witnessed JJ Berara ball out, the Lakers could’ve helped themselves with a quick ball handler that can score. I admire the job Fisher has done over the years but I’m tired of seeing other points run through him.

  • Jer dawg

    This guy wheels and deals and never reveals his hand in ANYTHING. pretty frustrating because he’s got the California vibe; laid back and seemingly unphased by anything. He didn’t even want to call out Magic! He’s just to politically correct. This guy is going to get something done.

  • idrees

    LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE.

  • asgf

    point guards are hard to come? by dee i would pay pay good money to smoke what your on.

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