"We don't intend to hire a coach any time soon, but the thought process has begun," said Kupchak, according to Lakers.com on Monday.
"Although I won't rule out hiring a coach prior to the lottery on May 20, I think it's likely that we don't, because that's really the first step in terms of additional information for this franchise," Kupchak said. "Let's find out what kind of pick we have. That may even help us decide what direction to go with for our coach. It will be a consideration."
The Lakers are currently in sixth position in the lottery, with a 21.5% chance of moving up to a top-three pick. Odds are stronger the franchise picks at six (43.9%) or seven (30.5%).
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"We've seen, in the last year or two, coaches that you'd never think would be fired get fired despite their achievements and records," said Kupchak. "We don't want to have a coach for two or three years; we'd love to have one for seven or eight years, but it's a tough job. There are a lot of young coaches, a lot of older coaches: it's very competitive. Despite the glamour and the compensation, it is a difficult job."