The Los Angeles Lakers are already starting to make moves with only four games left in the 2013-14 NBA season. GM Mitch Kupchak has agreed to a multi-year contract extension with the team according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne on April 8:
The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a multiyear extension with general manager Mitch Kupchak, sources with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday night.
With a lot of tough decisions to be made following the worst season in franchise history, retaining Kupchak long-term seemed to be a priority for the team moving forward. Kupchak has been arguably the best GM in the NBA over the last decade or so bringing in players to help rebuild this storied franchise twice.
Although Kupchak started as Jerry West's apprentice, the longtime general manager of the Lakers has done a much better job than anticipated while taking over for the man that was responsible for putting together the players that create the Showtime era in Los Angeles.
Despite Kupchak's successes in the past, the GM will be facing his toughest test yet with the team attempting to rebuild in the twilight of Kobe Bryant's career and the recent passing of owner Dr. Jerry Buss.
Fortunately, Kupchak will have the right tools at his disposal with the team having a high pick in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft and a considerable amount of cap space to use on the 2014 free agent class. Although it remains uncertain what the team's immediate plans are for the summer, locking up Kupchak may have been the wisest decision.