"I'm not sure if you'll see that Dwight Howard type of player go from team to team, although it is possible," Kupchak said. "We do feel Los Angeles is a destination spot. We have complete confidence in the organization, the city, our fan base, that we would be considered as a destination for players in the future. So we're hopeful going forward that the flexibility that we have will be beneficial."

Kupchak is not allowed to talk publicly about specific players on other teams, but he also alluded to the potentially talented pool of players who could be available two years from now, when Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol and Rajon Rondo could be free agents.

"You have to look beyond next year. You can't say we have all this flexibility and we're going to use it all next year," Kupchak said. "You don't know if you're going to use it for a free agent or a trade or to sign back Pau or Kobe. We're in the position where we can sit down at the end of the year and look and see what's best for the organization. We're in control, so to speak."

After years of trading or selling their first-round picks to other teams, the Lakers still hold their first-round pick in next year's draft, projected to be one of the strongest in almost a decade.

"In terms of the cycle that other teams go through, we're probably in as good a position as we could be," Kupchak said. "But there's a lot of unknowns. It's unpredictable what exactly is going to take place a year from now."

Kupchak maintained confidence in Coach Mike D'Antoni, who officially added Kurt Rambis and Johnny Davis to his staff Monday. "I think he's done a great job of putting a staff together that's enthusiastic, got a lot of energy and experience," Kupchak said.

Kupchak also liked the team's ability to sign Kaman, Young, Farmar and Johnson for a combined $6.5 million next season.

"This off-season if we did one thing, between the small forward and wing spot and backcourt, we got quicker and more athletic, something I think we needed," he said.

The Lakers currently have allocated $76.5 million to 11 players next season, about $5 million over the luxury-tax threshold.

An attempt to get under the threshold was "not something that we've discussed," Kupchak said. "You'd have to look to move two higher-priced players and we don't have plans for that."

Next season, not surprisingly, will come down to Bryant and Nash, who will be 35 and 39 by opening night.

"If they can both make a contribution in line with what they've done in the past, then we think we can win a bunch of games with this team," Kupchak said.


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