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A day after being one of the first teams to contact Pau Gasol when the NBA's free-agency frenzy officially opened up, the Los Angeles Lakers continued to show the two-time champion their strong interest in retaining him with an in-person meeting, a league source told ESPNLosAngeles.com. The get-together between Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and Gasol occurred at an L.A. office building Tuesday afternoon and lasted "a few hours," according to the source. ESPN.com
Paul Pabst: Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said the Lakers will hire a coach "soon"..."in the next week or so." @Lakers @dpshow Twitter
Kupchak also updated the Lakers' coaching search, saying he had put it on hold while the Lakers prepared for the draft the past several weeks. He does not anticipate hiring anyone between now and when free agency begins. "We may continue to interview, but we have a pretty good feel of what's available and we're comfortable that we can get a good coach, probably in the beginning of July," Kupchak said. Former Lakers great Byron Scott is considered the leading candidate for the position, having interviewed with the team multiple times in meetings Kupchak said went well. ESPN.com
"I've always kept in touch with Mitch; I admire the hell out of him," the 73-year-old Brown told USA TODAY Sports by phone on Tuesday. "I talk to Mitch all the time. ... (But) we're not talking about coaching the Lakers. I've read some of the names. They've got a long list of good people to choose from, and I'm here at SMU. I want to win a national championship." USA Today Sports
As for Fisher's potential Lakers' candidacy, the person said general manager Mitch Kupchak likely would have a phone conversation with Fisher sometime soon to gauge his interest and state of mind before deciding whether to interview him in person. USA Today Sports
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