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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 at 10:35 am  |  46 responses

Lakers GM Says Another ‘Homerun’ Deal May Not Be Possible


Mitch Kupchak shocked everyone when he swung a deal for Steve Nash this summer, but he tells reporters in Los Angeles that making another blockbuster deal (*cough* Dwight Howard *cough*) isn’t very likely. From the LA Times: “Only two weeks after declaring the Lakers would try to hit a home run, General Manager Mitch Kupchak helped hit one out of the park. Their coveted prize came in the form of elite point guard Steve Nash. He officially signed his three-year, $27-million contract Monday morning. Nash stood at an introductory news conference at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo proudly displaying his No. 10 Lakers jersey. And he gushed for over half an hour about how this arrival bolsters his chances to win his first NBA championship entering his 17th year. But could the Lakers follow up with another dinger? ‘We think we’ve got one this year,’ Kupchak said. ‘So you’re asking if we can do that twice? I’m not quite sure that’s possible.’ Most Laker fans will interpret that as a sign Dwight Howard probably won’t come to L.A. Kupchak wouldn’t specify, as he declined to address any questions pertaining to the Magic center. But the Lakers haven’t given up yet. The Times’ Mike Bresnahan reported the Lakers reentered negotiations Tuesday for Howard and are more open into absorbing Jason Richardsons’ contract. Meanwhile, Kupchak acknowledged the Lakers are nowhere near negotiating with Andrew Bynum and his representatives over a long-term extension after exercising his $16.1-million option for next season. The Lakers center is considered the necessary piece for any deal involving Howard. ‘We will sit down and go through this period and address things that are most urgent,’ Kupchak said. ‘Not that anyone of our starters’ futures is not urgent. But there will be a time and a place for that.’”

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  • pposse

    does anyone think 27 million is a ridiculous amount of money to give a 39 yr old pg for the next three years?

  • The DDB

    I would if he didn’t post 13 and 11 this season while shooting 90% at the line, 54% from the field and 40% from three. Chris Paul’s 20 and 9 with 86/48/37 is a stat line that is about even to Nash’s. Yet, people worship Paul like he’s a top 5 guy in the world and scoff at the aging Nash. The Lakers want to win quick. I don’t think they care about the third year of that contract.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Lakers – the most underachieving team in the L – don’t need a homerun deal. With Odom, MWP, Gasol, Bynum and Horry, Jr they had superior talent to win the ‘chip each of the past two years. What they need is to make Horry, Jr pound the ball inside in lieu of his 35 shots/game at a 33% clip. Expecting another Shaq or Gasol to fall into their laps has bred laziness and a sense of entitlement.

  • Sue

    Yeah, too much. If Nash wants a ring a 3 mil / year like Ray Allen will be perfect. Then Lakers will have room to sign Sessions for the second unit and Terry and others players. Lakers need to improve his bench to have real options. And they must push harder for Howard and Bynum sweep. Now or never with Nets out. I think D12 prefers LA than Houston.

  • bike

    That does seem like a ridiculous amount for a guy that old but Nash is, in statistical terms, an outlier. That back condition he has (spondylolisthesis) is often crippling and yet he plays pro ball at a high level. Insane, really insane. Smart bet it will be worth it.

  • anonymous

    no it wont because la wont win a title with nash

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Did I just read someone label Kobe Bryant “Horry jr.” ? My lawd.

  • http://slamonline.com badnewsballer

    Shock exchange= tool

  • S.A. tony

    Nash is a defensive liability. Paul is a great defensive player.

  • Gee

    Whoever labeled Kobe Bryant as Horry Jr clearly does not watch basketball at all. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

  • Gee

    Shock Exchange= Should be banned from making comments on here.

  • ChristianBulleN

    I thought it was awesome.

  • Sérgio

    Shock Exchange is the biggest clown in this site. Also, “Horry Jr.” dos not have a comma, like the way you write it. Go back to school.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    The “misplaced comma” in Horry Jr’s name changes everything. I now stand corrected … The Lakers are not the most underachieving team in the L.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Shock Exchange for the LOSE.
    Just dumb dude.
    Say facts.
    Why just lie and call names.
    Take me off your list and put some lipstick on ya dork.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Which part got your dander up … “Underachieving” or “lazy and entitled”?

  • LA Huey

    GP23, I been seeing him write that the past couple days and couldn’t figure out who he was refering to until now.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nah, it was Horry Jr.
    Thou shalt not take the Bean’s name in vain.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    I forgot what I was originally going to say after I read the Shock Exchange’s comment. Where can I get some of that vintage 80s crack nowadays?

  • LA Huey

    Shock E is like a far less amusing version of Philo.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Actually “Horry Jr” is a term of endearment. It connotes the ability to align yourself with teams with “exceptionally more talent” than the rest of the league so you can win a ‘chip.

  • TheWhiteMarkPrice

    @Shock Exchange, have you recently been in a severe head trauma accident?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    In that line of reasoning:
    LeBron = Horry Jr
    As does:
    Wade
    Bosh
    Ray Allen
    Kevin Garnett
    Paul Pierce
    Pau Gasol
    Andrew Bynum
    Not to mention the men of past of great renown:
    Michael Jordan = Horry Jr.
    Pippen is a Horry Jr.
    Magic
    Kareem
    Wilt
    Russel
    Bird
    Shaq
    I could go on all day with Horry Jr.’s
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    To conclude, I do not know what a dander is, nor know how to “get it up.”

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Thanks AP for hitting him with the 3rd Commandment of Bean.
    LA Huey. Your right he has that weird “style.” It’s just more weird than stylish, so it’s old. Whereas, Philo makes me laugh every time he comes into an article about anything from CBA bargaining to European NBA talent and just pronounces “LONG LIVE THE KING.”
    That ish is funny.
    This guy… Lame.

  • Sundance

    If the Lakers are such an achieving team then why did the lose to Okc and Dallas the past few years?

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    You were originally in limbo. But your recent comments are obviously a “cry for help” so congratulations! You are officially on the list.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Sundance, the “theme from Jeopardy” will play ad infinitum before you ever get a cogent response to your question. LOL.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I am shocked by the exchange of calling Kobe=Horry Jr. The shocking part is who is your team and favorite player and why do you have some misplaced issue with Mr. Bryant. Please give us the shocking truth, since your a jeopardy man.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    No issue here. I actually thought comparing him to Robert Horry would be a compliment. No? After all, Robert Horry was a winner.

  • LA Huey

    Folks are taking exception to comparing a superstar to a role player. And “Jr” implies that he’s a mere successor.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Actually, I was being nice. I could have called him “Flavor Flav, JR” – the hype man for Shaq, Bynum/Gasol … But that really would have gotten your dander up, huh?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I just typed up a paragraph followed by a long hold of the delete button.
    Not worth my time.
    Shaq was an overachieving Tractor Traylor, so I see your point with the Horry comparison… :/

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    What’s with this dude and dander?
    Get some Head And Shoulders©
    Your not worth my time, even in your prime.
    Your like a bad school lunch, pink slime.
    Yo, i’m poet, now you know it. Hear me flow it.
    .
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    White boy got skills. Don’t front.

  • Sundance

    Shock exchange is right cause Lakers have too much talent to not win a championship

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    I oughta change my name to “Shock Exchange the Vampire Slayer”

    Cats comin’ at my neck like I’m a shook one …

    A thousand parks in NYC (Gil Arenas voice) PICK ONE

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    The only thing I go to the east coast for is to take a cruise outta Miami.
    Go shampoo your self, you dandered up f*ck.
    Just screwin around man, your funny.
    Just don’t expect to be taken seriously when you don’t base your thoughts with reason, information, basketball logic, or a statistical basis.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    35 shots/game in the playoffs at 35% clip … Throws Gasol/Bynum under the bus … Now publicly pining for D12. How much more analysis and reason do you want? How much more talent does Horry Jr need … 1960s Wilt? Thor? Iron Man?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    He shot 25 shots a game at 44%…
    Not seeing your “logic” in saying he shot 35 at 35%…
    That’s a lie. Not fact. Your dumb.
    Send me a link to where he “pined for Howard” please.
    Unless… that… also… is… a … lie…

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    … theme from Jeopardy is still playing

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yup…
    You got that link…
    Or maybe just some more cool words and phrases to use over and over and over like:
    ‘Ad infinitum’
    ‘Dander’
    ‘et al’
    Cool stuff dood.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    The few box scores I saw during the playoffs (I usually don’t follow role players), dude took over 30 shots at < 35% clip. I only looked it up because I could not figure out how the Lakers were losing given all that talent. Again, after all the back and forth I now stand corrected … The Lakers are not the most underachieving team in the L. Thanks for proving me wrong. Now go juggle some chainchaws.

  • Sérgio

    LakeShow, let this f#ckin @sshole keep daydreaming. The guy creates facts from his mind and pretends they’re true.
    Also, he talks of Bynum/Odom/Gasol as if they were Top 20 all-time.
    Shock, go f#ck yourself.

  • LA Huey

    What? Shock Exchange is evolving.
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    Congratulations! Your Shock Exchange has evolved into Shock Troll!

  • Gusist

    Shock is a keyboard warrior

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    LOL

  • Shock exchanged II

    Kobe Bryant is overrated

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