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Kupchak: 'We will not make a trade'

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08:07 AM ET 02.05 | Not only does Mitch Kupchak have little appetite for changing his head coach, but he's also talking about keeping the Lakers intact. "We're very happy with Mike D'Antoni," Kupchak said. "I think when he took the job I think he thought Nash [fractured left leg] might be out a week or two. Not two months." ... Asked about his remaining options to salvage this season, Kupchak said, "We will not make a trade. We will not trade Dwight Howard. We have no intention of making a trade. It's unlikely that we'll make any trade with any of our principal players. To make another change at this time of the year being behind the eight-ball like we are, I think that would just make it more difficult. The talent is there. We have to find our way."

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February 5, 2013  08:41 AM ET

The Only Constant Is Change, Bro.

February 5, 2013  08:55 AM ET

if the Lakers have the same payroll next year instead of writing a 29 million dollar luxury tax check to the league it will be a 126 million dollar luxury tax check to the league.

they were recently granted an exception to sign a player for Jordan Hill's injury and said they will most likely not use it because they do not want to pay anymore luxury tax.

hmm...if they dont want to pay 31-33M in luxury tax the idea of them paying over 50 million...or even anything CLOSE to 126 million is insane- whole sale changes are coming to the sport next year and the Lakers outspending everyone significantly will never happen again.

Look for MWP to be amnestied in the offseason and for the Lakers to try and re-sign Howard- but not much after that with Gasol on the books for 19 and Kobe for 28 next year. This is the team they will role with next year IF THY ARE LUCKY minus MWP and with Howard- the PF they have been starting will undoubtedly be gone as well.

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February 5, 2013  09:05 AM ET

Clark and MWP are definitely gone next year

With

Kobe-30
Nash-9
Gasol- 19
and say they get lucky and Howard resigns- 20

thats already 76 million

plus guys on the books next year:

Blake- 4
Duhon- 4
Hill- 3.5
Meeks- 1.5

the luxury tax level is 71M approximately...this is a little generous since its more like 70.

=91 Million.....this makes them 20 million over the cap already- and since they are a repeat offender- they fall into the category of paying 4.25 dollars for every dollar over the cap....

so with JUST those players on the books next year they are scheduled to spend 91 million in payroll- and have a tax of 20M (what they are over the cap) x 4.25$ (as a repeat offender, non repeat offender would be 3.25) = 85M

--91+85 = 176M......this is why they refuse to trade Gasol for any long term salary commitments- and thus can get nothing for him. They will undoubtedly amnesty MWP if he picks up his option of 7.7M...if he declines it they will prob amnesty Blake or Duhon. But i seriously doubt he turns down 7.7M at this point in his career.

February 5, 2013  09:08 AM ET

they know they have already gotten themselves in a mess by poor long term planning in having to pay 85M next year when they refuse to pay over 30 this year to improve the team with Hill's injury exception.

whole sale changes are coming to the league. every team is going to be at that 70 M mark or very very close to it.

if you are 5-10M over the cap as a non-repeat offender that is only 1.75 for every dollar. I see teams POSSIBLY paying that every once in a while. Once you get to 10-15M over and have to pay 2.50 as a non-repeat and 3.50 for a repeat i seriously doubt anyone gets in that category ever.

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February 5, 2013  09:16 AM ET

actually...i take that back...it wouldnt be 85 million in tax...its marginal....

so the first 5 million would be taxed at the repeater 2.5=12.5

the next 5 million at 2.75=13.75

the next 5 million at 3.50=17.5

the next 5 million at 4.25=21.75

=65M instead of 85....my bad...i didnt realize that its marginal like that....

but seeing as how they only have 8 players on the roster for 91 million....the other 7 spots still need to be filled--- say they do that for a every modest 10 million dollars....

another 10X 4.25 +65 = 107 M in tax NEXT YEAR ALONE for a team with a payroll of about 101M dollars === thus spending in total 208M .....

a totally untenable position

February 5, 2013  09:20 AM ET

its really Kobe making 30M next year that just kicks them in the junk big time...Pau at 19 too....paying 3 players 69M is just crazy---that gets them to the tax line alone just about...

its why the days of having a "Big 3" are pretty much over unless they take significant pay cuts

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