Despite Kobe Bryant saying he doesn’t have “one lick” of patience to wait for the Los Angeles Lakers to turn this ship around, general manager Mitch Kupchak is adamant that the team will be careful about how and when they spend their cap space over the next few summers.
While Bryant may be hoping that the Lakers go into the summer with the intention to spend all their cap space and possibly sign a player such as Carmelo Anthony, Kupchak notes that he won’t be signing any players that could create a team that only makes the playoffs and then gets eliminated in the first round.
As always, the Lakers are thinking about championships.
“Patience is the key,” Kupchak said, according to David Leon Moore from USA Today. “With the new collective bargaining agreement, there are no quick fixes. You cannot outbid teams for star players. The one thing we feel is not a good thing is to be saddled with contracts of players that put us in the middle of the pack. That’s a danger in this league.”
Kupchak 100 percent right. The worst thing this team could do is spend all their money this summer just for the heck of it.
In reality, next season’s team could look very much like this one with a number of players who are on one-year deals in order to retain the optimum amount of cap space for the summer of 2015 when players such as Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rajon Rondo, Marc Gasol and possibly LeBron James will be free agents.
Kobe might not like it, though the Lakers won’t blow all of their money in one summer if they don’t foresee such a move bringing championships to the City of Los Angeles.