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Old 04-18-2014, 02:39 PM   #1
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Question Discussion: 2014 NBA/Lakers Offseason | Exit Interviews

Likely that LAL have have at worst No. 6/7 pick, w/a chance of moving up in lottery. Kupchak said in Feb. there could be 10 elite players.
Kupchak said the draft process is "just beginning." Things will be much more clear after everyone holds work outs/interviews, etc.
D'Antoni changed his system to accommodate Gasol/Howard last year when LAL went 28-12 to finish the year before Kobe tore his Achilles.
Potential franchise changers in this coming NBA Draft? Kupchak: "Yes … I think there are several that could be really, really good."
"If you look at the (potential) free agents, there is probably not as good a player as Pau Gasol."
Mitch Kupchak
Only said it's a "possibility" to trade the pick, like any other team or any pick. RT @RealGM: Kupchak: Lakers Open To Trading Lottery Pick.
—Mitch Kupchak
D'Antoni: "I do think that the game is changing, and some of the hard part of coaching is to be able to drag people over to the next side."
Kupchak, as he's suggested throughout this season, maintains that it's very important not to spend LAL's cap space unwisely. In other words, LAL aren't going to throw out a max contract offer this summer unless Kupchak thinks it's warranted.
Kupchak: We haven't had a pick this high certainly since I've been here, and that's been quite some time." (James Worthy, 1982).
Kupchak just isn't worried about it: "Kobe's had a tough 2 years. He's had to live through this season, his 18th in the NBA". In addition to some time with the family, Kobe will see his doctor in Germany, said Kupchak.
Kupchak on D'Antoni this season w/t injuries: "Under the circumstances, I'm not sure anybody could have done a better job than he did."
Kupchak: "At some point in the near future I'll sit down with Mike and Jim Buss and review the season, which is what we do every year."
Mitch Kupchak says that he could envision Kobe continuing his career beyond the 2 years remaining on his contract.

Will post exit interviews later or tomorrow.

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