Kupchak says he hopes to re-sign both Kobe and Pau next summer

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The summer of 2014 should be a big one for the Los Angeles Lakers. For the first time in decades, the team will have heaps of cap space to spend during free agency or in trades. However, they may use a large amount of that to re-sign some of their current players too.

During a recent radio interview with Colin Cowherd, general manager Mitch Kupchak revealed that he was not only hoping to re-sign Kobe Bryant next summer, but he’s also looking to bring back Pau Gasol:

[pullquote]We’re in a cycle. We’re hopeful that in a year from now we’ll have enough flexibility. We’re hopeful that Pau and Kobe can continue to play and we’ll have options to rebuild the team.[/pullquote]

Re-signing Bryant is a no-brainer, but Gasol has been a bit more of a question mark, especially with the Lakers’ attempts to trade to him over the past few years. However, if Gasol can stay healthy and is willing to re-sign for a reasonable amount, then it would make sense to retain the services of the talented Spaniard.

Steve Nash and Robert Sacre are the only players currently under contract with the Lakers for the 2014-15 season, while Nick Young has a player option next summer.

Written by Ross Pickering

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