"The ping-pong lottery thing, even if you have the very worst team in the
"We still may end up drafting 12, 13 or 14, which is not a great place to draft if you just look back on drafts in this league," he continued.
Instead, Kupchak believes the team's financial flexibility, starting in the summer of 2014, should enable the Lakers to quickly rebuild.
"We'll have a lot of financial resources a year from now," Kupchak said. "I don't know if we'll get a star player to leave his home team to come here like
Howard joined the
"We have a pick next year, which is going to be a very good draft. We're very comfortable with the flexibility," said Kupchak. "It just doesn't mean you get free agents you can take players [via trade]. There are a lot of things you can do with cap room."
How will 2014 free agents
"It's a cyclical business we're in, nothing lasts forever," said Kupchak. '"We're hopeful that Pau and Kobe can continue to play and we'll have options to rebuild the team."
The Lakers are still adjusting without longtime owner
"You have to give to the organization time to work out a new way of working together," Kupchak said. "Dr. Buss passed away in the spring; you can't expect things to go smoothly from the get-go."
Buss left his majority ownership stake to his six children with Jim Buss in charge of basketball operations and Jeanie Buss running the team's business operations.
"There's a period of mourning that needs to take place. I have complete confidence in all the kids, in particular the ones I work most closely with, which is Jeanie and Jimmy," Kupchak said. "This is going to be a fine, well-operated franchise moving forward."