Lakers GM admits team's pursuit of LeBron James and Melo 'unrealistic'

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The Los Angeles Lakers have had a fairly eventful summer with the famous franchise bringing in several players, revitalizing others (ie. Kobe Bryant), and hiring an entirely new coaching staff under the guidance of former Showtime era star Byron Scott.

But whilst they may have achieved much of what they set out to do there had been hope amongst some Lakers fans that they would be seeing one of the league's top stars joining their ranks during the offseason, with the franchise making a run at both Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.

Obviously both perennial All-Stars opted against joining the famous purple and gold and now, speaking at Friday's Lakers media day, franchise GM Mitch Kupchak admitted that he never really held any realistic hope of acquiring either.

Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters noted:

"Kupchak explaining this past free agency said that due to the new CBA, LAL (Lakers) never felt it was realistic to get either Melo or Lebron."

Although Kupchak did go on to claim that they came close to pulling it off, and gave it their all in the process:

"If you don't try you don't know. And we went all out to pursue both of the people you are talking about," the Lakers GM explained at his press conference Friday.

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Laker pitch

There is no denying that the Lakers pulled out all the stops in their bid to attract New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony to the franchise this summer.

As well as having the likes of Magic Johnson take time out of his vacation to speak to Melo from Europe, the Lakers pitch included a Hollywood directed mini-movie which showed what Carmelo could expect should he join the storied franchise for the 2014-15 NBA season.

As for LeBron James, Kupchak admitted just days after the four-time NBA MVP revealed he would be leaving the Miami Heat that he was willing to go "all out" to acquire the face of the league. 

Some reports over the summer even suggested that the LA franchise were delaying hiring a new coach so as not to rule themselves out of the race for James by hiring someone unappealing to the two-time NBA champ.

Lakers reality

As Kupchak admitted today however the Lakers were never truly in a situation where they could acquire either Melo or LeBron due largely to the huge contract handed out to stalwart Kobe Bryant two years ago.

Instead the franchise has surrounded Kobe with less high profile talent in the form of Jeremy Lin, Carlos Boozer and draft pick Julius Randle.

Still, whilst Lakers fans were left somewhat disappointed overall with their team's free agency dealings it is widely known that the Lakers are planning to go big in 2015.

Until then they will have to make do with watching LeBron and Melo play at the Staples Center only when the Cleveland Cavaliers and Knicks come to town.

Who knows who will fill their shoes as 'Lakers most wanted' next year, but with the LA franchise you always know it will be worth sticking around to see.

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