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Los Angeles Lakers: Mitch Kupchak Will Stay in L.A...For Now

LOS ANGELES - JULY 10:  Mitch Kupchak, general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers takes questions from the the media during a press conference announcing Rudy Tomjanovich as the new head coach on July 10, 2004 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Natalie SaarContributor IIINovember 11, 2016

While there's been no indication that Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak wants to leave the organization, there have been teams who want to woo him. 

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. 

However, there are still other teams who might try to steal away the legendary GM. One of these is the Orlando Magic. CBS Sports is reporting:

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. 

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