Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  20 responses

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak: ‘There Will be Some Change’

It promises to be a busy summer for the front-office of the Los Angeles Lakers, and even though he wouldn’t go into any great detail, Mitch Kupchak did promise change in personnel for the team. From the LA Times: “There will be some change,’ said Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, the sting still fresh from another ouster in the Western Conference semifinals. ‘When you lose before you think you should have lost, you have to open up all opportunities. ‘We get graded on the success of the team. That’s how it is in this franchise….We’re disappointed. We thought going into the season, and even up until a week ago, that we were one of three or four or five teams that could contend for a championship.’ Instead, the Lakers failed to get out of the month of May, again. On the same day Kupchak reaffirmed the Lakers would pick up a $16.1-million team option on Andrew Bynum next season, it became more obvious that Pau Gasol would be the team’s main trade chip. He underperformed this season, averaging only 12.5 points in the playoffs, and couldn’t get any firm answers from Kupchak in his exit meeting. ‘I wish I could have clarification, but they can’t give it to me right now,’ said Gasol, who has two years and $38.3 million left on his contract. ‘I think management still has to talk to ownership to see what direction this thing will be going next year.’ The Lakers have a host of players who will become free agents July 1. Point guard Ramon Sessions is also expected to become one by declining a one-year, $4.55-million player option next month. Matt Barnes is not expected back. Jordan Hill and Devin Ebanks probably will find only limited interest in the free-agent market. Despite saying the Lakers would pursue trades more aggressively, Kupchak added that the team could be successful if it didn’t pull off anything.”

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    Trade pau gasol for Kyle lowry and Luis scola from the rockets

  • Sean

    Don’t know if it works out salary wise or if either team would bite – but i’m pretty sure all Bulls fans would jump on a Watson/Lucas, Boozer and Rip trade for Pau Gasol + pieces.

  • T-Money

    pau for bosh. boom.

  • LA Huey

    Could have just quoted Sam Cooke.
    I hope he makes some sort of trade for the Rockets. Any combo of Scola + Martin + parts = Pau + parts work?

  • kobesBESTfriend

    don’t trade Pau under any circumstances…we need a bench and a true PG…why is this so hard???

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    andrew bynym for dwight+ turkoglu + maybe pau, sessions and blake for scola, Kyle lowry and terrence williams. boom. easy.

  • momoney

    Its easy to tell who the laker fans are by their ridiculously onesided trade proposals.

  • http://www.dimemag.com showtime

    @ datkid yea sounds good but d12 doesnt want to come to LALA land. And on the other trade the rockets release twill to sac & they abosuletly wont part with lowery but goriac is another story with kmartin heh.. All in All Kobe contracts has to be restructured or lakers are stuck with first round exit in the next two years..

  • patrick

    I’d pick up Flip Murray. guy wasnt even in the league for this season..he’s one of the better 1-on-1 scorers imo..creates his own offence

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Man keep tha whole team together n get some free agents. We dont have enough to get big names but yea we need another bench player. N im not sure about trading Gasol just yet

  • shutup

    You cant trade sessions if he doesnt re-ign. Pau is most likely gonna be dealt.

  • pLaYz

    Kobe needs to restructure his deal or else lakers bench will never get better…whether they trade pau or not he needs to take pay cut if he wants more championship…Kobe will be the rise and fall of this laker orginization with all the cap room he takes up lol

  • dsgfsd
  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    We really don’t need to blow up the team we just need someone else who can create off the dribble. Flip would be a great idea.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Looks like PGasol’s time in LA has reached a full 360. Laker fans have turned on him the same way they turned on Shaq.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Naw, Shaq never averaged 12.5 PPG over two post seasons in a row in his prime.


    @dsgfsd that’s a ridiculously horrible trade for minnesota unless they plan to trade gasol once they acquire him. Trade away three players for a pf/c on a team where their best players and most stacked position are arguably their pf and center…

  • robb

    Pau is very talented but his passion and will to win fluctuates way too much.

  • Y.C.Chen

    pau’s rating has gone down since he go to lakers. so i dun think one gasol can trade for two players. not these days… there will be a pakage of players rather than some suggestions suggested here… poor gasol.

  • Linda Singleton

    There will be changes, I’m sure, and it should start with Kupchak and Mike Brown. He has made enough bad hasty decisions and he found himself on the outside looking in. They need to keep Pau and Bynum, and should not have let Lamar go. Mike Brown is just not the coach for the Lakers. He has been outcoached even by teams that didn’t make the playoffs and the Lakers were bad on the road … this is as a result of management overlooking Brian Shaw and not giving him a chance. Somebody in that organization needs to wake up and realize they are going to trade and trade and trade until they start making right decisions. The team should have been left intact, trade for Sessions and Jordan Hill, and let Fisher come off the bench as a backup. I am sure they saw him in OKC and he just may get a 6th ring before the Lakers because they dished out their valuables to other teams. Instead of staying in the dark, somebody needs to present them with a higher wattage bulb.