Kupchak: Lakers Aren’t Tanking This Year
A lot has happened to the Lakers since General Manager Mitch Kupchak last spoke in depth to reporters.
Dwight Howard left for Houston despite the Lakers’ very public campaign to keep him. Metta World Peace was waived via the amnesty provision and quickly joined New York. Chris Kaman, Nick Young, Jordan Farma and Wesley Johnson were all signed as free agents.
It leaves the Lakers … where, exactly?
With Kobe Bryant coming back at an unknown date from a torn Achilles’ tendon, is it time to punt away next season and play for a high draft pick in 2014?
“You know that’s not our plan. Our plan was to bring back Dwight Howard and that would have sky-rocketed our payroll,” Kupchak said. “That’s never a plan here with our fan base, to throw in the towel before the season begins. We always try to win, and that’s what we’re going to do this year.”