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Report: Lakers sign GM Kupchak to multi-year extension

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Mitch Kupchak will stay in LA. (USATSI)
Mitch Kupchak will stay in LA. (USATSI)

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ESPN reports that the Lakers have signed GM Mitch Kupchak to a multi-year extension.

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a multiyear extension with general manager Mitch Kupchak, sources with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday night.

Kupchak has presided over four NBA championships since succeeding Jerry West as the Lakers general manager in 2000. He has been with the organization since retiring as a player in 1986.

With the Lakers in the midst of the worst season in franchise history, the extension for Kupchak solidifies his role and is a reflection of the esteem in which he is held by the Buss family.

The timing of the extension is also effectively a vote of confidence to reflect the Buss families' trust in him to shape the future of the organization, sources said.

via Los Angeles Lakers renew GM Mitch Kupchak's deal - ESPN Los Angeles.

Kupchak has seen the ups and downs with the team since taking over. Three early titles, the falling out between Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, the lean years that came after, the trade for Pau Gasol which revived the franchise, and the collapse since 2011.

But he has remained respected by both the Buss family and executives across the league. He orchestrated the sign-and-trade for Steve Nash and the deal for Dwight Howard in 2012, and had no way of knowing how badly it would go. Nor could he have known how much injuries would destroy this year's team.

Now, signing Nick Young, Chris Kaman, and Robert Sacre to try and remain competitive, that's a different story.

The Lakers clinched their worst season in franchise history Tuesday night with a loss to the Rockets in which they gave up 145 points.

 
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