HoopsHype Mitch Kupchak rumors

July 2, 2014 Updates

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

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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

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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

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