The Los Angeles Lakers had a reason to trust General Manager Rob Pelinka and now they have made a decision about his future with the franchise. Pelinka accepted great responsibility and yes, he did a decent job with the team. The Lakers did miss the playoffs twice and many thought that Jeanie Buss would get rid of Pelinka once his deal expires.
Chris Haynes from Yahoo Sports reported that the Lakers offered Pelinka a contract extension and it goes through 2026.
“The Lakers’ ownership group, led by Jeanie Buss, believes deeply in management and the coach being in alignment on one vision,” Haynes reported. “Pelinka’s contract is now set to expire at the same time as first-year head coach Darvin Ham, who signed a four-year deal.”
Lakers keep Rob Pelinka, securing his future with the franchise
Pelinka made a few big moves in his first few years as the Lakers GM. He helped the team trade for Anthony Davis which was a blockbuster move for the franchise. AD helped the Lakers win a title inside the Orlando bubble. LeBron James and Davis established a strong connection and now they are going after their next ring.
The Lakers had a couple of bad seasons and Pelinka didn’t give up at all. He replaced Frank Vogel with Darvin Ham and got a few players to fix the roster. Of course, Russell Westbrook is still part of the team despite all the rumors surrounding his potential trade. Pelinka won’t stop here. Although he hesitated trading first-round picks to get a good deal, the Lakers GM is now ready to trade future picks to get the players his team needs to win.
“Let me be abundantly clear: We have one of the great players in LeBron James to ever play the game and he committed to us on a long-term contract, a three-year contract,” Pelinka said. “So of course, we will do everything we can, picks included, to make deals to give us a chance to help LeBron get to the end. He committed to our organization. That’s got to be a bilateral commitment and it’s there.”