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January 20, 2015 Updates

But with the Lakers completing just over half of the 2014-15 season, has the organization felt frustrated about Nash’s persistent absence while he remains under contract for $9.8 million? “None at all,” Scott said. “From myself and Mitch and guys that have played in this league that had to retire, you know what you go through when you retire. I don’t think any of us feel there is any type of pressure to try to bring him back anytime soon.” Los Angeles Daily News

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The team announced that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak’s 15-year-old daughter, Alina, died on Monday morning after dealing with a lengthy undisclosed illness. “We’re all hurt. It puts basketball in a different light. It’s not that important,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “We sat down as coaches this morning. There wasn’t a lot of words we said. As a parent, all of us who have kids and especially us fathers who have daughters, I can’t imagine being here and my daughter is not here. That’s not the way it’s supposed to happen.” Los Angeles Daily News

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Yet still, with this idea that one of the game's greatest winners might go out with a whimper seeming more likely every time a prospective teammate gets away, the always-cocksure Bryant somehow sees it differently. "I really do trust management," he reiterated to USA TODAY Sports. "I mean I really, really do. They'll get things turned around pretty quickly. I'm not really concerned about that." USA Today Sports

December 20, 2014 Updates

The Mavericks acquired Rondo from the Celtics for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a 2015 first-round pick and a 2016 second-round pick. Meanwhile, a Lakers official downplayed reports the team had offered Steve Nash’s expiring $9.8 million contract and a first-round pick from Houston to Boston for Rondo. “We haven’t talked about anything as far as trades are concerned,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said about recent conversations he had with general manager Mitch Kupchak. “We talked about our players and how we can get them better.” Los Angeles Daily News

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"All indications are, to me, from him, that this (two-year contract) is going to be it," Kupchak said. "If somebody's thinking of buying a ticket three years from now to see Kobe play, I would not do that. Don't wait. Do it this year." Until then, he will never settle. "I've just got to keep making the right play," Bryant said. "Just gotta make the right play, man, and control what I can control. The way I look at it is I try to do my job, which is attack 'em, punish 'em when they single cover, make the doubles come, and then kick it and see if we can't make 'em pay." NBA.com

"He has challenges every year," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said Monday morning. "I think his challenge in years past was solely on winning the championship. I think the last year or two, that has not changed, But because of the injuries to his knee and Achilles, that also turns into a formidable challenge. Yeah, I want to win a championship, but I've also had two major injuries. Can I get back to playing at a high level at my age? I think that's a challenge that fuels him as well. He's never been about one game or one week. I think as far as trying to continue to win, I think he's challenged to show that he can recover from his injuries and play at a high level. Some of this is beyond his control." NBA.com

If Bryant stays near his current pace for the rest of this season and next, he'll not only pass Jordan before his current deal is done, he'll start getting within striking distance of Karl Malone's 36,928 points, second on the all-time list. It will take more work than Bryant is currently under contract for to approach Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's NBA record of 38,387 points. (Bryant shared his feelings about passing Jordan, with whom he has a close relationship, in a solid bit of reporting last week by Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding.) It has not been a topic of conversation in the locker room. "When he does pass it," Kupchak said, "it's a testimony to consistency and playing at a high level for a long time. I think that's nice, but I think we all know that he would trade that for a team that competes for the playoffs or a championship." NBA.com

December 6, 2014 Updates

The Lakers, meanwhile, don’t figure to be very active on the trade market in the coming months, according to league sources. The Lakers were able to come up with the draft pick (from Houston) in exchange for taking on the contract of guard Jeremy Lin, and they’d be interested in adding another pick. Los Angeles can hang on to its own first-round pick only if that pick falls in the Top 5. Even at 5-14 heading into Friday, the team’s pick would fall at No. 6, meaning they’d require lottery luck in order to hang onto it. If it is not in the Top 5, the Lakers will send the pick to the Suns. Sporting News

The chief issue for the Lakers when it comes to potential trades is obvious from a glance at the roster — there are slim pickings. “There isn’t much there you’re going to give up a lot for,” one general manager told Sporting News. Sporting News

December 1, 2014 Updates

Scott talked with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak at Saturday’s practice, which elicited insight on what the Lakers will do with an injury-depleted roster. “We weren’t going to do anything anytime soon,” Scott said. “Having somebody here would negate everything we need. We need guys here for practice.” Los Angeles Daily News

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