The team took Kentucky forward
Now the Lakers will get ready for free agency, starting on July 1 at 9:01 p.m. Pacific.
"We are prepared with enough space to be aggressive," General Manager
"The [free agent] class is a large class, but in terms of the best of the best, there's only a couple," he said. "We structured our salary knowing that you might not get two or three guys, but we have enough room to get at least one. If we don't have one — and we choose to, we can go down the road and have flexibility next year and the year after that."
Can the Lakers get a pair of stars to take pay cuts to join
"There are some players that are willing to do that and there are some players just aren't," said Kupchak. "We're still going to pitch that this is a championship franchise and that's going to be our goal. As long as Kobe is on this team, we have to believe we can contend for a championship."
Will Bryant be a part of the recruiting process?
"I would not be surprised if Kobe reaches out, or if free agents reach out to Kobe," said Kupchak. "I know from time to time when we recruit free agents, I'll call Kobe and say, 'Hey give this guy a call.' ... We did it with
While Bryant took a pay cut in a two-year extension, dipping from $30.5 million to $23.5 million for the coming season, can he ask other stars to come to the Lakers when Bryant's sacrifice still kept him as the highest paid player in the NBA?
He can certainly try, even if it seems to be a long shot.
The Lakers will find out in a few days when the free agency period finally begins.