Lakers hire Carraro as assistant GM

LOS ANGELES -- After parting ways with several longtime employees last summer because of the NBA lockout, the Los Angeles Lakers are continuing to restock their cupboard with new staff.

The Lakers on Thursday officially announced the promotion of Glenn Carraro from general manager of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Lakers' D-League affiliate, to assistant general manager for the Lakers, the team said in a news release.

"Glenn has done an excellent job in every position he has had in the organization, and he's become a valuable part of our staff," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. "This is a well-deserved promotion for him, and I expect he'll do an excellent job in his new position."

Carraro fills the position of assistant GM that has been unoccupied since the Lakers did not renew Ronnie Lester's contract last year. Lester spent 10 seasons as assistant GM after working his way up the organization from being hired as a regional scout in 1987.

"Ronnie was a dear friend and I thought we really worked well together, but the people that I work with now I have a great relationship with and you have to move on," Kupchak told reporters after the team's exit interviews last week.

Lester was one of more than a dozen Lakers staffers let go last summer, but the organization has hired back a host of new scouts, training staff members and video staff personnel since then.

"I don't know the exact number of scouts we had before. It could have been 10 and we have nine now," Lakers vice president of player personnel Jim Buss told the "Mason & Ireland Show" on 710 ESPN in March. "Or it might be reversed. It could be we have 10 now and nine before."

Carraro joined the Lakers' organization in 2000 after spending five seasons as manager of basketball operations with the New York Knicks.

In Carraro's first season as GM of the D-Fenders, the team won a league-record 38 games and made it to the D-League Finals for the first time in team history. The D-Fenders also had five players account for eight call-ups to NBA rosters last season.

Kupchak told ESPNLosAngeles.com in April that Carraro, along with D-Fenders coach Eric Musselman and D-Fenders president Joey Buss, had done a "great job" getting the D-League franchise back on track after it took a one-year hiatus from the league for the 2010-11 season.

"If there's any credit to be given out, it's really to be given out to those three people," Kupchak said.