HoopsHype Mitch Kupchak rumors

June 3, 2014 Updates
May 31, 2014 Updates

Nash's stance is the opposite of that of fellow future Hall of Fame backcourt mate Kobe Bryant, who already has publicly pined for a seat at the table when it comes to deciding who will be roaming the sidelines for L.A. next season. Nash, entering his 19th and presumably final season in the fall, said he would not seek out general manager Mitch Kupchak as the Lakers continue to conduct interviews. "I'm completely happy to have a conversation," Nash said. "But I'm also fine having nothing to do with it." ESPN.com

May 30, 2014 Updates

Lakers executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak will do the majority of the work via phone calls and interviews with numerous candidates but Jeanie Buss will be updated continually and offer feedback if she feels the need. "Jeanie's involved in the process of finding him," said a person familiar with the situation. As team governor, Jeanie holds the highest position in the franchise, a role she assumed after her father's death. Los Angeles Times

The Lakers could ultimately meet with 10 coaching candidates but once the two Buss siblings and Kupchak narrow the field dramatically, a recommendation will be presented to the other four Buss siblings — Joey, Jesse, Johnny Buss and Janie Buss Drexel. There will not necessarily be a vote, but it will be a time for the other siblings to ask questions or voice any vehement objections. "This process is going to involve the Buss family," said the person with knowledge of the arrangement. Los Angeles Times

May 25, 2014 Updates

The Lakers were well-represented on Friday at a BDA Sports workout in Santa Monica. Featuring potential lottery prospects Aaron Gordon (Arizona) and Zach LaVine (UCLA), General Manager Mitch Kupchak and owner-executive Jim Buss were on hand to scout two candidates for the team's seventh overall pick in the June 26 NBA draft. "I love L.A.," said Gordon on the prospect of being drafted by the Lakers. "I have family in L.A." Los Angeles Times

May 23, 2014 Updates

Byron Scott interviewed with the Lakers for the team's open head coaching position. "To say the least, I thought it was a perfect fit," Scott said Thursday on ESPN LA radio to Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley. Scott said he met with owner/executive Jim Buss and General Manager Mitch Kupchak. "The interview went well. I had a great time talking with Jim and Mitch," Scott said. "I know Mitch, obviously, extremely well. I know the Buss family and Jim pretty well." Los Angeles Times

The Lakers are still early in the interviewing process, but Scott said he came away from the meeting feeling positive about his chances. "I left the room feeling pretty good about the way it went," he said. "I don't feel I'm a very arrogant guy, but I think that I am the perfect guy for this job. I've got a great relationship with Kobe. I know the team. I know the roster. I watched them all season long." Los Angeles Times

May 22, 2014 Updates

Scott interviewed with both Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss on Tuesday, a development was first reported by ESPN. “I had a great time talking with those guys,” Scott said on SiriusXM NBA Radio with hosts Frank Isola and Malik Rose. “Obviously I go way back with Mitch. We were teammates for a while and won a couple of championships together, so it was good. That’s basically all I can tell you. It was good, I had a lot of fun talking to them. Hopefully we’ll be talking again soon and we’ll see what happens.” Los Angeles Daily News

May 21, 2014 Updates
May 17, 2014 Updates

Because of the rookie class’ potential, Kupchak said he may seek acquiring additional first-round draft picks. “We may look to get a pick some other way because we have guys we interviewed who aren’t going to be gone before the second round, but they’ll be around after (our current pick),” Kupchak said. “You only get so many assets in this league. Draft picks are an asset. There’s cap room, draft picks and players. Those are assets you can use to rebuild a team.” Long Beach Press-Telegram

Yet, Kupchak maintained his stance from last month’s exit meetings that the Lakers are open toward trading their current first-round pick should they find a suitable offer. “It may be a factor,” he said. “You can only trade a pick if you have a trading partner, too. So their willingness and what they would be willing to give up would be dependent on the pick.” Long Beach Press-Telegram

Bryant has recently alluded toward the Lakers’ failure to seek his approval on the last two coaching hires. The Lakers did not consult with Bryant on Brown. But Bryant reported in 2012 telling executive Jim Buss he considered D’Antoni his top choice before realizing Phil Jackson was a candidate. “The decisions will be made by Jim Buss, myself and the basketball operations people,” Kupchak said. “From time to time, I’ll go to Kobe and we talk about a lot of different things. But he will not make the decision, nor does he want to be part of hiring a coach.” Long Beach Press-Telegram

May 12, 2014 Updates

Q: You’ve been criticized for the contract extension that was given to Bryant. How does it factor into the way you build this team over the next two seasons, with salary cap implications and so on, and how would things look different if you’d given him less money? Mitch Kupchak: When we gave Kobe the extension, we took a lot of factors into consideration, including the factors you just mentioned. We felt it was the thing to do. We’re still in a position to be a big player in the free agent market. Signing Kobe when we did, we felt, gave us one of the top two or three free agents that would be available this summer. We had the rare opportunity to get that done and not have to wait until July 1. Everybody can debate whether they would have waited or not, but our mindset was: ‘This is somebody we can get done now, and we still have a chance to be a player financially with free agency.’ Cap space is valuable and you don’t want to misuse it. You do have to use it, but you don’t have to use it going forward unless you want to. NBA.com

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