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How about a real Orlando GM target: Lakers’ Mitch Kupchak

May 24, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

Mitch Kupchak AP

We all had our laugh, time to get serious about the Orlando Magic general manager search.

How about this for a start, from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com — Mitch Kupchak of the Lakers.

So while there have been no public indications that Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak will be available or wants to leave Los Angeles, Kupchak is expected to be among the first wave of candidates the Magic pursue, one of the sources said…

The Magic also are interested in speaking with Pacers general manager David Morway and former Hornets GM Jeff Bower, both of whom have interviewed twice for the Trail Blazers’ opening, and former Portland GM and current Pacers executive Kevin Pritchard, sources said. Magic officials believe former Pacers and Knicks president Donnie Walsh would be a good fit, but sources say the team is convinced that if Walsh returns to a front-office job, it will be in Indiana in the likely event team president Larry Bird retires.

I have heard from multiple sources that Kupchak is not happy with the Lakers — working closely with Jim Buss, son of long-time owner Jerry — and is looking to get out.

However, Kupchak said on Wednesday that he has not intention of leaving the Lakers and that working with the Buss family was “the best job,” as reported in the Orange County Register. Kupchak is ever the straight shooter and company man and would never say anything to harm the Buss family or the organization. It’s not his style.

Whether it is Kupchak or someone else, the Magic are clearly looking for a veteran GM to take the helm and set a direction. From there a coach will be hired, but the GM will be first. Which is as it should be.

  1. lmvs2012 - May 24, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Who ever wrote this article LEAVE kupchak alone..he aint going anywhere!

    • sackofrice - May 24, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      kupchak is leaving because young buss wants a yes man.

  2. reupjosh - May 24, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    “Spell check” is NOT a substitute for proof reading.

    • reupjosh - May 24, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      “he has not intention of leaving”

  3. 00maltliquor - May 24, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  4. lalakersalldammdayy24 - May 24, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Sorry but hes already told ppl he isnt goin no where!!!

  5. raidmagic - May 24, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Yes!! Now we’re talking!!!!

  6. mayjoban26 - May 24, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Trade Mitch for Howard!!! And then Trade Bynum for D-Will !!

    • zeusteej - May 25, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      Entitled LA fan much?

  7. anythingbutyanks - May 24, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    They should call Steve Kerr.

  8. congocash - May 25, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    cold day in hell before orlando gets kupcake…. hands off our koolaid….

  9. loungefly74 - May 25, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    MK is going no where. end of story.

  10. lanza2 - May 26, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    He would not leave LA for some whack franchise.
    This may be worst than the Tebow post.

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