The NBA trade deadline has come and gone without the Los Angeles Lakers making any blockbuster moves that would be fitting for their West Coast location.
The team will now set its’ sights on the summer crop of free agents in an attempt to get back to their winning ways. But Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said it might take a two year plan to get the team back to the playoffs.
“Well, next year we’re going to have Kobe (Bryant), who will be healthy and we will have a good draft choice and we’ll have dollars to spend on free agents, so it depends who we can get this summer. I don’t think we’ll use our cap money to patch together a team for next year. We’re looking to bring something to Los Angeles … it may take one year to build, but I don’t know. But because we have a lot of money this summer doesn’t mean we’ll spend it all – we’ll spend it wisely. If we can’t, then we’ll do the best we can this summer and we’ll look maybe to the next summer.”
Depending on what does shake loose in the offseason, Kupchak also said that bringing back Pau Gasol next season is definitely an option.