L.A. Lakers not demoralized by free-agent misses: Mitch Kupchak

L.A. Lakers not demoralized by free-agent misses: Mitch Kupchak

The Los Angeles Lakers have missed out on a number of highly desirable players at the start of the free agency period but the franchise is not demoralized by that, the team's general manager Mitch Kupchak said.

The team's managers met with at least free agents of the NBA, viz. Greg Monroe, DeAndre Jordan and LaMarcus Aldridge. But none of the three free agents agreed to join the franchise. Emerging reports suggested that Aldridge said he was not impressed with what the franchise had to say.

Kupchak said the team was not demoralized because such happenings were a part of doing business amid very, very competitive NBA teams.

In a recent interview, Kupchak said, "It wasn't demoralizing. It's a part of doing business. There are 30 very, very competitive NBA teams. All general managers are smart. It's unrealistic to think in this day and age that every time you go into the free-agent market you're going to get exactly who you target."

The Lakers, eventually, acquired two times All-Star center Roy Hibbert from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for a future second-round draft pick.

Jordan re-signed with the Clippers, while Monroe and Aldridge ended up signing with the Milwaukee Bucks and the San Antonio Spurs, respectively.

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