The Los Angeles Lakers made a few roster moves this offseason, and general manager Rob Pelinka won’t stop here. In the first round of changes, the Lakers traded veteran Danny Green for Oklahoma City Thunder star Dennis Schroder. Green is not the only Laker to leave the team. LA also waived Quinn Cook. Four-time NBA champion LeBron James took to his Twitter account to share a farewell message for his former teammates.
Right after the announcement on Cook was made, King James delivered a message to say how grateful he was for everything they did on the basketball court this past year. It was a long year for Lakers players but the Lakers crowned it with a title. Los Angeles won the 2020 NBA championship inside the bubble in Orlando.
Bidding a farewell to players who have just won a ring is hard. But, Los Angeles is about to enter a new season, and the front office is making all the necessary changes. The team will defend the title this season and they have already made a few moves.
LeBron James bids farewell to two talented players
Green and Cook joined the franchise last offseason. Lakers players developed incredible chemistry in 2019-20 and both players were part of the playoff run. Pretty much every player contributed to the great success and LeBron knows it really well. He praised his teammates for their great job on the court.
It will be really hard to let go of both players. But, both departures indicate a different gameplan for the Lakers. The front office plans to adjust the roster to perfection.
Green had to go, and the Lakers got some extra cap space. Pelinka traded him to get Schroder, and the German native provides a better scoring power.
When it comes to Cook, his departure announces the upcoming plans LA has. It’s a sign that Pelinka has a good idea on how to get a few more players in Los Angeles. He also works on keeping big man Anthony Davis on the roster. Davis is the perfect partner for LeBron James, and he is the right superstar for the Lakers roster.