The move sparked some criticism considering Mozgov averaged only 6.3 points on 56.6 percent shooting and 4.4 rebounds last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Yet, the reasoning seemed simple. “From the beginning, it was a priority for us to get a big player,” Kupchak said. “I’m not going to tell you who the first, second or third or fourth was. But clearly we were aggressive at the center position.”Mozgov’s lucrative contract also partly reflected the NBA’s new television deal with ABC/ESPN and Turner through 2025 that is worth $2.67 billion per year. That increased the salary cap from $67.1 million to $94.143 million. “It was real hard to wrap your head around it,” Kupchak said. “It’s hard to get used to. But the money is there and the cap is what it is and it went up a significant amount. So the money has to be doled out.” With 14 players on their roster, the Lakers have about $10 million left to dole out. Without providing specifics, Kupchak maintained it’s “possible” to add to the roster with another free agency acquisition or trade. “We still have cap room,” Kupchak said. “So there’s opportunities for us.” Coaching shufflingThe Lakers did not retain shooting development coach Tracy Murray, according to league sources. Murray worked closely with Randle on improving his jump shot. Murray had a 12-year NBA career, including one season with the Lakers (2002-03). LAS VEGAS >> No longer does Mitch Kupchak need to keep his ear glued to his phone at every single waking hour. The Lakers’ general manager spent most of his time last week filling out a roster that he believes will provide a much better product than last season’s finish that ended with a franchise-worst 17-65 record. The Lakers relatively upgraded by acquiring a versatile and leadership-laden forward (Luol Deng), a dependable center (Timofey Mozgov) and a veteran guard (Jose Calderon). The Lakers also kept parts of their young core, notably featuring third-year guard Jordan Clarkson and to a lesser degree, third-year forward Tarik Black. The Lakers also beefed up their backcourt by retaining 33-year-old Brazilian Marcelo Huertas. “We got guys that clearly we thought could help us win games,” Kupchak told Southern California News Group. “In a secondary fashion, they can help our younger players, mentor them and coach them on the court and be role models.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error That did not exactly match the Lakers’ hopes. They originally hoped they could at least land a meeting with Kevin Durant, whose declined invitation preceded his departure from Oklahoma City to Golden State. Yet, Kupchak sounded unfazed about it. After all, the Lakers could not acquire or retain a star free agent in their rebuilding stages the past three years“When you’re dealing with this, you’re doing a B plan, C plan, D plan and an E plan,” Kupchak said. “So it’s really foolish to pin all your hopes on one player and one option.” Kupchak may have expressed he feels “hopeful we got the right mix.” But Kupchak also considered it foolish to predict whether the current roster could make the postseason. “I’m not quite sure what to expect,” Kupchak said before referring to the Lakers’ summer league that started on Friday at the Thomas & Mack Center. “A lot has to be seen from our young players before determining how much they can help us. With the veterans, they’re going to need some help from the younger players. They need to give them energy and quickness.” Kupchak sure seemed quick in pursuing Mozgov. The Lakers’ general manager contacted his representatives as soon as free agency began. Minutes later, the Lakers agreed to a four-year, $64 million.