Mitch Kupchak: If Byron Scott's job status changes, 'I'll let you know'

Byron Scott's Lakers are 11-44 in his second season as coach. Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak addressed the media for the first time after the All-Star break on Wednesday, and didn't go into detail about the future of Lakers head coach Byron Scott.

"Byron is under contract, and until that changes, or if that changes, I'll let you know," Kupchak said at the team's practice facility in El Segundo.

When asked if he liked the job Scott had done this season, Kupchak said he wouldn't be answering any more questions regarding Scott's performance or future with the organization.

"Once again, I don't want to get into a Byron discussion right now," Kupchak said. "So I'm not going to really answer any more questions about Byron, because I'm concerned that one question will lead to another, and if his status changes, I will let you know."

Later in the media scrum, a reporter brought up Scott again, asking Kupchak if he was pleased with the way Scott has managed rookie point guard D'Angelo Russell's playing time and role, which has been arguably the most polarizing topic surrounding the Lakers' season.

Lakers VP of public relations John Black interjected, saying, "Excuse me, he's not answering Byron questions."

Kupchak then responded, jokingly adding, "I was going to let him finish and then say that, as part of his punishment. So, John, I can handle that."

Scott is still under contract for two more seasons with the Lakers, who hold a team option for the 2017-18 season.