Lakers Rumors: Mitch Kupchak and Los Angeles Must Start Moving on Hinted Moves

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 29:  (L-R) NBA legend Jerry West shakes hands with Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak after defeating the Lakers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 100-92 in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on May 29, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers have attempted to land a superstar over the course of the past week, but haven't been able to get a deal done.

After failing to acquire New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul on separate occasions, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak hinted that big moves were in the works.

Now that the start of the season is rapidly approaching, Kupchak needs to start acting on some of these proposed moves, or it could be a long season in Los Angeles.

Just looking around the Western Conference, the other teams that could be in contention have all seemed to get better while the Lakers have actually gotten worse.

Just look at the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies, who both return good young talent for the 2011-12 season.

Then there's the case of the defending NBA Champions the Dallas Mavericks, who suffered some losses but also added some good pieces including former Laker Lamar Odom.

Also throw in the likes of the San Antonio Spurs and the West will be competitive—competitive, but winnable for the Lakers if Kupchak makes the necessary moves.

If Kupchak can make things happen quickly, the Lakers can quickly once again become the class of the Western Conference. But in order for that to happen, Kupchak has to act and act quickly. The current Lakers roster is good, but maybe not NBA Championship good.

It may just take some tinkering to the roster for the Lakers to take another run at a title.

The ball is now in Kupchak's court. We will see soon exactly what big moves, if any, that he is working on.