The Lakers are a dismal 16-32 on the season, but General Manager Mitch Kupchak has a positive outlook on the team's situation.
"Our future is a bright future. We're going to be just fine," said Kupchak on Wednesday to Jared Greenberg and Rick Fox on "SiriusXM NBA Radio."

"The franchise is going to attract players," he continued. "Unfortunately, we're going to have a good draft pick this year. We'll get a good player there."

The projected draft pool could include Kansas players Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins, Dante Exum (Australia), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Jabari Parker (Duke), Julius Randle (Kentucky), Aaron Gordon (Arizona), Tyler Ennis (Syracuse) and Noah Vonleh (Indiana) -- to name a few.

If the Lakers lose on Wednesday night to the Cleveland Cavaliers, they'll edge closer to the third-worst record in the NBA.
"It is hard to find the positives," acknowledged Kupchak. "But the big picture is bright and this organization always figures out a way to get players and win games."

The Lakers are projected to be under the NBA salary cap this summer. That financial flexibility may persist through to 2015 and even 2016 as some of the league's top players, like LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kevin Durant, become available.

Kupchak and the Lakers have ideas of what they'd like to do, but can't say with certainty how their plan will unfold.
"There is no plan to secure a player at a certain time, because we don't know who those players are," said Kupchak. "We don't know what the opportunities are going to be for the next two weeks, in terms of the trade deadline. We don't know who is going to opt in, who is going to opt out, who may or may not be a free agent this summer."

The Lakers have recently held discussions with the Phoenix Suns on a possible Pau Gasol trade. Gasol is in the final year of his contract.