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.
karacha wrote:Pau is having a great season, playing at a high level, there is certainly someone interested in this star starter!
You could argue he’d be more valuable if he were under contract for two or three years.
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.
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.
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.
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.