Lakers News: Mitch Kupchak says landing LeBron, Melo was "never realistic"

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During this past summer, the Los Angeles Lakers and general manager Mitch Kupchak were adamant about making a splash in free agency.

With Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James functioning as the two biggest names on the open market, Kupchak knew the Lakers had to put on the full-court press to land one of the two superstars. However, per Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times, Kupchak wasn't holding his breath:

Things would have looked so different had the Lakers landed Anthony or, a real longshot, James. But they didn't.

"Our expectations with either player just based on what we perceived the environment to be . . . we never felt it was realistic that we could get one or [both]," Kupchak said. "But if you don't try you don't know.

"We'll get somebody. At some point we will."

The Lakers did commence a overhaul of sorts on the roster with the acquisitions of Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer, but Los Angeles is still looking forward to 2015 as a time to finally land another marquee free agent.

If the Lakers can make significant progress with the roster construction they have now in 2014-15, fans will be patient enough to wait.

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