Mitch Kupchak Discussion: Mike Trudell interview (Page 27)

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Postby Weezy on Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:11 pm

I found it to be an interesting interview, never said it was revealing. It does give some insight on their thoughts on the Kobe deal for one of the only times, on the draft, on us not just going to throw max at a player if we're not fully in love with that player, stuff like that. He's open about Pau and talks a bit more about that situation than usual, he admits that we may have held onto guys a few years too long because champion teams often do, and that they purposely freed up all this room this offseason to not commit to multiple aging players. I don't know what else you'd expect or want in a gm interview, I thought it was a good read on the state of the team and the front offices mindset.
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Re: Mitch Kupchak Discussion: Mike Trudell interview

Postby Helljumper on Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:29 pm

MT: Particularly in recent years, there's been dialogue whether amongst fans or media members endorsing "tanking," or essentially losing on purpose to try and increase the number of lottery balls for draft prospects. How do the Lakers look upon that idea?

Kupchak: Now, I'm sure once the season begins and things go or don't go your way, the speculation as to what may happen if things continue may arise. We've been through years like that, and there's never been a discussion in midseason in this building where ownership would say, "It's best to lose." That's never taken place. Now, I don't even know how you convey that message to the coach if it were the goal. Coaches are defined by their record; it's intuitive that they do not want to lose. It's inconceivable to me that a general manager would try to convey that message to anybody. So it's never happened here and it never will. It's the worst message you can ever give to anybody.

MT: How would you evaluate Pau Gasol's play this season?
Kupchak: I think he's had a great year. Under the circumstances I think Pau’s done great.

MT: Where do you see Gasol’s future with the team?
Kupchak: Pau is going to be a free agent this summer. He’s playing at a high level right now, and there's no reason why he can't play at a high level and finish this season as a Laker. I do know that he has tremendous loyalty to this city and this franchise, and I think if all things were constant, he’d love to continue to play here, and we'd love to have him here.


Mitch to Mike Trudell as he's making these statements: :man12:
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Re: Mitch Kupchak Discussion: Mike Trudell interview (Page 27)

Postby karacha on Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:30 pm

Pau is having a great season, playing at a high level, there is certainly someone interested in this star starter!
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Re: Mitch Kupchak Discussion: Mike Trudell interview (Page 27)

Postby Slurpee22 on Sat Jan 11, 2014 10:03 pm

karacha wrote:Pau is having a great season, playing at a high level, there is certainly someone interested in this star starter!


I agree with this, It's obvious that Mitch is trying to keep Pau's value high.... and right now Gasol is playing pretty good ball... let's hope some team gets desperate for a star big-man.
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Re: Mitch Kupchak Discussion: Mike Trudell interview (Page 27)

Postby Rooscooter on Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:06 pm

Well..... If Mitch meant this.....

You could argue he’d be more valuable if he were under contract for two or three years.


I think I now know why we haven't cashed in our only tradable asset in the last 3 years..... :bang:

Pau will most likely be out of the league in 3 years....
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Re: Mitch Kupchak Discussion: Mike Trudell interview (Page 27)

Postby Weezy on Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:17 pm

I just took that to mean that he'd might be more valuable because a team wouldn't be trading for a most likely half a season rental, and if a team that is actually trading to use him and likes his skill they'd like to know he wasn't gonna bolt after this season.
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Re: Mitch Kupchak Discussion: Mike Trudell interview (Page 27)

Postby Rooscooter on Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:23 pm

Weezy wrote:I just took that to mean that he'd might be more valuable because a team wouldn't be trading for a most likely half a season rental, and if a team that is actually trading to use him and likes his skill they'd like to know he wasn't gonna bolt after this season.


Then why not trade him last year?

Where's he "bolting" to? He could go to Memphis for the MLE I suppose but he's said he's still worth 3 times that much. If you wanted to trade for him and keep him it wouldn't be that hard IMHO. No one is giving him max or even near max money at this point.
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Re: Mitch Kupchak Discussion: Mike Trudell interview (Page 27)

Postby Weezy on Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:39 pm

Rooscooter wrote:
Weezy wrote:I just took that to mean that he'd might be more valuable because a team wouldn't be trading for a most likely half a season rental, and if a team that is actually trading to use him and likes his skill they'd like to know he wasn't gonna bolt after this season.


Then why not trade him last year?

Where's he "bolting" to? He could go to Memphis for the MLE I suppose but he's said he's still worth 3 times that much. If you wanted to trade for him and keep him it wouldn't be that hard IMHO. No one is giving him max or even near max money at this point.


I'm hot saying I believe Mitch, I'm saying that's how I understood the BS he was selling with that comment . I don't think Pau is gonna get PAID anywhere, but I think there's a ton of teams he wouldn't stay with. Like Cleveland, had we traded him there to me that's a risk for them if they actually were getting him to use him, because I don't think there's a chance he stayed there. Cleveland trading for Deng I get because at the moment IMO he's the better player, and while he's also a took to bolt, he's worth the risk of going after and trying hard to re-sign, where to me Pau isn't.
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Re: Mitch Kupchak Discussion: Mike Trudell interview (Page 27)

Postby lukewaltonsdad on Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:35 pm

Weezy wrote:I found it to be an interesting interview, never said it was revealing. It does give some insight on their thoughts on the Kobe deal for one of the only times, on the draft, on us not just going to throw max at a player if we're not fully in love with that player, stuff like that. He's open about Pau and talks a bit more about that situation than usual, he admits that we may have held onto guys a few years too long because champion teams often do, and that they purposely freed up all this room this offseason to not commit to multiple aging players. I don't know what else you'd expect or want in a gm interview, I thought it was a good read on the state of the team and the front offices mindset.


Thanks for posting. I thought it was a very good interview...sure, it's some of the stuff I've heard before, but there's other stuff there that I haven't, and I actually got some insight from it; this kind of stuff gives me more of a glimpse into the FO's thinking regarding the now & the future to important areas like the CBA, coaching, and other pertinent topics.
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Re: Mitch Kupchak Discussion: Mike Trudell interview (Page 27)

Postby Battle Tested20 on Mon Jan 13, 2014 6:42 pm

Savory Griddles wrote:Mitch Kupchak may very well be the best person alive, walking this earth today, at giving you what seems to be a cornucopia of valuable information, but not really tell you anything.

This. :man10:

It was still a good interview like weezy said, I just love the fact that so many NBA writers and even some fans for this matter think Mitch and the FO doesn't have a clue/plan at all and every time I read or listen to Mitch speak it comforts me because I know he is on top of it.
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