(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) — There will be some big changes this summer in Los Angeles. After the Lakers were kicked out of the playoffs in five games by the Thunder, making their second straight exit in round two, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has some changes in mind.
“There will be some change,” Kupchak said on Wednesday during the team’s exit interviews.
Kupchak will meet with Kobe Bryant either sometime at the end of this week or early next week to discuss the future plans of the team.
“There will be a bit of activity July 1st, looking at who we can bring back and dealing with the marketplace,” said Kupchak when asked about who is safe on the roster.
Half of the Lakers bench except for Steve Blake is set to be a free agent and Kupchak looks forward to the challenge this summer.
“If I weren’t here, (Lakers owner) Dr. (Jerry) Buss would probably get 50 phone calls from present and former GMs that would love to have this job,” Kupchak said. “That’s because it’s the best job in the league.”
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire