Lakers GM Kupchak Considering Roster Changes

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Lakers GM Kupchak Considering Roster Changes
 

 

The Lakers officially entered crisis mode Monday, when general manager Mitch Kupchak told NBA.com that the recent poor play by the two-time defending champions may drive him to make a trade to shake up an underachieving roster.

"Regarding a trade, I may have to," Kupchak said at the team's practice facility a day after the convincing loss to their heated rivals, the Celtics. "I'm not saying that I've made calls today or I'll make them tomorrow. But I just don't think that we're playing as well as our talent level should allow us."

Even speaking in his usual measured tones, Kupchak's disappointment and frustration were obvious. More importantly, while saying he had not talked to owner Jerry Buss since being controlled by the Celtics in the fourth quarter at Staples Center, Kupchak said, "I'd be surprised if he feels any different."

The Lakers are 33-15, good for second place in the Western Conference, 7 1/2 games behind the Spurs and a game ahead of the Mavericks heading into Dallas' meeting with the Wizards on Monday night. But Los Angeles mostly built that with a good start against a soft schedule. Even the recent showing of 10 wins in 12 games did little to erase internal concerns, especially since that has been followed by home losses to the Kings and Celtics.

Most glaring of all, the Lakers have struggled to play with consistency against the best teams in the league, the clubs that will become the obstacles between a third consecutive title and a disappointing end to what Phil Jackson says is his final season as coach. Since Christmas alone, they have lost to the Heat by 16, the Spurs by 15, the Mavericks by nine and, now, the Celtics by 13, while beating the Thunder by seven.

"I try to be as objective as possible, but I'm concerned that our performance is not living up to our talent level," Kupchak said. "Our record is certainly OK. But we've lost a bunch of home games. We've lost a couple of big games at home. And to me, those are red flags.

"I'm not convinced it's lack of talent. I think it's there. Our team is very similar -- certainly our starting five is exact -- as the team last year. Yes, we're a year older. But it's not like our guys are 34, 35 or 36. They're all between 29 and 31 or 32. I think we've added a couple players that may make our roster even stronger, with Steve Blake and Matt Barnes. ... You don't age off the charts in one year when you're 30 or 31."
So, the Lakers may consider trades.

"I wasn't," Kupchak said. "But it looks as if we may have to. ... It's something I may do in the future. I just don't think that our talent level is playing as well as they can play. We have an incredibly high payroll and we do that because we have players that normally produce at a high level. And I'm not sure I see that now."

Also Monday, Jackson added to the growing unease by admitting, in response to a question of whether he is alarmed, that "Yes, I am." Asked what alarms him the most, Jackson said, "Inconsistency, I think, offensively is the thing that bothers me the most. We have defensive mistakes. We've plotted them out. We talked to them about it today and what we made mistakes doing. But really, our inconsistency playing offense is really something we have to work on."

The Lakers play the Rockets on Tuesday at Staples Center before hosting the Spurs on Thursday in a game that suddenly has unusually high importance for February. They begin a seven-game trip from there, now with a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the roster.


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129 comments for "Lakers GM Kupchak Considering Roster Changes"

 7 years ago '09        #2
TriniSoldier 64 heat pts64 OP
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them n*ggas in LA are shook
 01-31-2011, 09:14 PM         #3
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lol artest and fisher is the problem...dude suck now
 7 years ago '04        #4
KURUPTION!!! 541 heat pts541
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Crisis mode indeed. I don't think it's time for that. Who's he gonna trade? Artest? Bynum? He'd be crazy to move Odom, or the other starters and I don't think anyone wants Fisher. He's talking s**t, he ain't trading no one.
 7 years ago '04        #5
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Bye, Ron.

Hi, Carmelo.
 7 years ago '07        #6
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they just played like s**t, no reason to trade
 7 years ago '04        #7
KURUPTION!!! 541 heat pts541
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 akademiks said:
Bye, Ron.

Hi, Carmelo.
Could we afford to extend him without dumping Bynum too? I'm not apposed to that and just having Gasol play center and bringing L.O. back to the 4 spot.
 7 years ago '05        #8
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bye blake and luke and bynum. hi mo williams and varajeo
 7 years ago '06        #9
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Oh my I smell another bulls**t trade coming...pau gasol part 2

Denver won't trade melo to the nets for multiple first rounders but well somehow agree to an artest and a draft pick for him lol
 7 years ago '09        #10
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they ain't trading no one, I don't see who they can go get to help them. I think he is just trying to get the attention of the team and certain players who are not playing up to the level they are expected. Crisis mode with nearly a whole half season left, they will find a way when it is urgent for them to get home court in the playoffs, they don't want to see any Game 7's on the road.
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 ReggieA said:
they ain't trading no one, I don't see who they can go get to help them. I think he is just trying to get the attention of the team and certain players who are not playing up to the level they are expected. Crisis mode with nearly a whole half season left, they will find a way when it is urgent for them to get home court in the playoffs, they don't want to see any Game 7's on the road.
This.
 01-31-2011, 09:28 PM         #12
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you cant be serious
 7 years ago '04        #13
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them n*ggas are just old...they should have kept Ariza for that youthful spark he provided
 7 years ago '05        #14
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 kuruption said:
Could we afford to extend him without dumping Bynum too? I'm not apposed to that and just having Gasol play center and bringing L.O. back to the 4 spot.
f**k bynum that money we can do something else with
 7 years ago '04        #15
#RAPTORSWON 228 heat pts228
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What the f**k happend to Ron Artest? Dude used to average 17-18ppg and played stellar D... Now he's a bum... wow
 7 years ago '09        #16
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i cant see it being for attention. as a professional athlete you sholdn't need your head coach to motivate you to play hard, let alone your gm, or old players from the team. you should be self motivated at this level, no need for hand holding from someone new every two weeks, these n*ggas is grown men. kupchak looking to see if he can get another steal off
 7 years ago '04        #17
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 kuruption said:
Could we afford to extend him without dumping Bynum too? I'm not apposed to that and just having Gasol play center and bringing L.O. back to the 4 spot.
LA has the highest payroll in the league and they still make about $50m/year of raw profit..

It's just about how much the Buss/Anschutz group wants to cut into their money to win.


 philly337 said:
Oh my I smell another bulls**t trade coming...pau gasol part 2

Denver won't trade melo to the nets for multiple first rounders but well somehow agree to an artest and a draft pick for him lol
Luke Walton too, if that helps.
 01-31-2011, 09:37 PM         #18
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I actually don't want them to make a trade.....no trade = no finals = no 3 peat
 7 years ago '08        #19
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 kuruption said:
Could we afford to extend him without dumping Bynum too? I'm not apposed to that and just having Gasol play center and bringing L.O. back to the 4 spot.
Bynum and Artest another player and and at least 1 draft pick would have to be included to get Melo
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 ozWinston said:
i cant see it being for attention. as a professional athlete you sholdn't need your head coach to motivate you to play hard, let alone your gm, or old players from the team. you should be self motivated at this level, no need for hand holding from someone new every two weeks, these n*ggas is grown men. kupchak looking to see if he can get another steal off
Kobe asked for a trade, knowing damn well he was not going to leave LA, just telling Mitch and Jerry, "I ain't winning no f**king championship with Smush Parker and f**king Kwame Brown!"
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