Mitch Kupchak: 'We believe in this group' (Web links)
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan talks to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who expresses confidence in the team's current roster and acknowledges that he wants to "shore up our depth chart." Bresnahan also sizes up some of the current free-agent class.
--CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports that Lakers executive Jerry Buss finally has dropped his opposition to trading center Andrew Bynum "for the right deal." That’s code for "a deal for Dwight Howard," and it’s clear from those familiar with Howard’s thinking that he’d like to join the Lakers.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr analyzes who was to blame for the NBA lockout.
--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe contends that the Orlando Magic should pursue Bynum.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky wonders if Bynum will be able to get the larger role he seeks.
--Fox Sports' Bill Reiter prefers discussing trade rumors than the NBA lockout.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne says Bynum needs to grow up.
--ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Chad Ford report that the Lakers will most likely waive Luke Walton via the amnesty clause.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell talks to Kupchak, who acknowledges that he wants to upgrade the team's backcourt.
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore remains skeptical that Shannon Brown will re-sign with the Lakers.
--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears reports that Chris Paul's agent informed New Orleans officials on Wednesday that his client will not sign a contract extension and wants to be traded to the New York Knicks.
Tweet of the Deal:"Watching Synergy on Bynum reinforces my impression that he is not a very smart defender. Willing, but not smart." — ZachLowe_SI (Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"I am not sure why on earth they would want [Shannon Brown] back except for one thing... Baby Buss does not want to spend money so bringing him back is an excuse to fill the roster with low paid players... I can not think of any other reason that Mitch would even bother to call him other then to say bye bye." -- Marty Susman
— Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Credit: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times