Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak Speaks On Tom Thibodeau Rumors

It’s a funny old world we live in. Especially when it comes to NBA rumors.

Last night, a Bleacher Report writer claimed that Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau would be leaving the Windy City this summer, and that the Los Angeles Lakers would be pursuing the defensive specialist, despite the purple and gold inking Byron Scott to a four-year deal just last summer.

The reporter, Jordan Schultz, said that the Lakers would ditch Scott and go after Thibs.

This whole thing sounded kind of odd, especially seeing as Schultz claimed that Scott is about to enter the final year of his deal:


For the record, Scott has three years left on his deal – the third is a team option.

However, before this “rumor” could pick up any real steam, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak appeared on Bill Reiter’s radio show and straight up rejected it like he was Shaquille O’Neal in his prime.

Here’s a transcript of what Kupchak said:

I saw something this morning, and the first thing I said to myself was, I’m going to call Byron and let him know that, you know, the agents are doing their job and pay no attention [to it] – not that I think Byron reads any of that stuff, but somebody may call him and say, ‘Hey, guess what I just read.’

[There’s] nothing to it, we’re incredibly happy with Byron. You know, that’s what representatives and agents do – they try to create a marketplace for their guy. And I’m not saying that’s exactly what happened here, but we’re very, very happy with Byron and after I hang up with you, in fact, I’m going to call him or text him.

This “rumor” sounded pretty fishy from the start, especially when you take into account that the reporter’s recent track record when it comes to the Lakers isn’t all that great:


You can listen to Kupchak’s entire radio interview below.

Written by Ross Pickering

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