You may remember recently when there was talk about the Portland Trail Blazers looking at Mitch Kupchak to fill their GM position, but there was absolutely no indication from him that he was interested. Chris Broussard of ESPN reported:
Kupchak is one of the Blazers' top targets in their quest to land an executive with experience running a franchise's basketball operations, sources told ESPN.com.
But all the speculation can end now. The Portland Trail Blazers have inked a deal with Neil Olshey, previously of the Los Angeles Clippers (via the Los Angeles Times). Olshey and the Clips failed to find an agreement between them, after announcing that they had reached one. Olshey took a three-year, $3.6 million contract, which provides him with more money and security than the Clippers were willing to offer.
The Orlando Magic will begin scheduling interviews for their general manager position Friday and hope to have an executive in place within three weeks... Among the characteristics said to be most prized by Magic CEO Alex Martins is championship experience. So while there have been no public indications that Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak will be available or wants to leave Los Angeles, Kupchak is expected to be among the first wave of candidates the Magic pursue.
The Lakers would have to grant permission for Kupchak to enter into talks with another team, and that isn't likely to happen. They are in the midst of trying to create a new roster that can make a real run at the championship. The last thing they want to do is go looking for a new GM.
So it's fairly safe to say that Kupchak will be sticking around for awhile, no matter what teams want him. However, it is odd that teams think they can pry Mitch away from the team he's worked and played for for decades.
Could this indicate that teams sense tension in the Lakers organization? It's been supposed for a while, that with Jim Buss transitioning into Jerry's position there is a new regime change that not everyone is supportive of. Maybe Kupchak is quietly trying to find a way out. Lakers fans should pray this isn't true.