Lakers final grades: GM Mitch Kupchak

Today’s report card …

Mitch Kupchak did the right thing by trying to acquire point guard Chris Paul from New Orleans, no question. It wasn’t his fault NBA commissioner David Stern nixed the deal. It wasn’t Kupchak’s fault Lamar Odom demanded a trade after his name surfaced in the Paul deal. Odom turned out to be poison for the Dallas Mavericks and his NBA future is up in the air. Kupchak made a smart move to jettison Derek Fisher in favor of Ramon Sessions at the deadline, dumping Luke Walton’s bloated contract in the process.

Grade: A