L.A. Times: Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who was cheered at an annual “town-hall meeting” with season-ticket holders Tuesday night at Staples Center, provided a few additional revelations from that session.
He suggested it would be a quiet off-season for the Lakers, whose acquisition of Pau Gasol (three more years and $49.4 million) launched them well into luxury-tax territory.
“We won’t be in the free-agent market for a significant star player,” Kupchak said. “We’re looking for a veteran who can maybe play 15 minutes a night.”
Kupchak also blamed a string of poor defensive efforts on attrition, pointing out that the Lakers had been without three 7-footers and injured forward Trevor Ariza, who he said was the team’s best defensive player.
“You extend and extend and it finally catches up with you,” Kupchak said. “Give Phil credit with the players we’re missing, especially in the games in Dallas and Utah.”