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"When we’re sitting in here with all the scouts having our meetings, it's so much fun to talk about, 'What if we got this guy or that guy,’ or ‘What if we paired up these two guys?’ It's the same thing the public does. It makes for great speculation, great talk radio, great online (interaction), social media. It's great. But there's the reality part of it that tells us there is a lot that we still don't know."
The Lakers have been targeting the 2014 offseason for quite some time, as the entire roster was built around contracts that expired at the conclusion of the 2013-14 campaign. Kupchak admitted as much, saying that going into the season, Steve Nash was the only player on the books past 2014.
That conscious decision was altered when Kobe Bryant signed his much-discussed extension, but the Lakers' GM doesn't really see another max contract being handed out anytime soon. When asked to confirm that he didn't want to sign a player to a lengthy extension while knowing who'd be available in 2015 and 2016, Kupchak responded with just two words:
It was his shortest answer of the interview, and that should tell you a lot. Kupchak didn't feel like that answer needed much explanation, even if most of the future decisions are still mired in uncertainty.
One thing is certain about the 2014 offseason, though: The draft class is stacked.
Before comparing it to the infamous 2003 class that featured LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, Kupchak said, "Right now, I would say one through 10 is as good as I've seen in a long time."
He didn't specifically say so, but something told me Kupchak was thinking about how good Andrew Wiggins would look in purple-and-gold threads—not that he looked bad with that script "Jayhawks" written across his chest.