Jim Buss Rumors
President of basketball operations Jim Buss has said he’ll step down after next season if he can’t get the franchise headed in “the right direction.” He has never wavered from that timeline, nor has his sister Jeanie Buss, the Lakers president, ever let up in holding him to it. General manager Mitch Kupchak’s contract runs several years beyond next season, but it’s hard to imagine him continuing in his role if Jim Buss were to step down.
The challenge for Lakers executives Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss as they search for a replacement for Byron Scott is to find someone who can be effective in spearheading their recruiting pitches to free agents, which have fizzled badly in recent years. “That appears to be the No. 1 priority,” a league source told Sporting News. “It’s not just finding a guy to work with what’s on the roster. They need a coach who can pitch players.”