According to The Athletic’s Bill Oram, Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka has two years left on his contract extension, along with his promotion to vice president of basketball operations last year.
Pelinka has been criticized by Lakers fans after the team missed this season’s playoffs.
“Sources have told The Athletic that Pelinka has two years left on his contract extension alongside his promotion to executive vice president of basketball last year,” Oram reported. “Will Jeanie [Buss] fired Pelinka, who she sees as an extension of Kobe Bryant? Another disaster like last season, and she will be left with almost no other choice. Pelinka doesn’t have to tell us he’s going to take the blame. He’s the only one left.”
Pelinka traded Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to the Washington Wizards last summer for Russell Westbrook, who proved unsuitable for LeBron James and Anthony Davis due to his inability to make roundabouts. outside. The CEO also let Alex Caruso, one of the NBA’s best defenders, sign with the Chicago Bulls.
Pelinka, who was Kobe Bryant’s agent, will be under pressure to fix the squad this summer and it seems he knows it.
Pelinka has erroneous ownership
In the media interview, Pelinka has taken charge of building a flawed team for this season. The Lakers went to 33-49 and missed the play-in tournament.
“The final squad decisions are on my shoulders,” Pelinka said. “And I will take input from LeBron and Anthony as our two captains. I did that during my entire tenure. But at the end of the day, I think I’m the head of basketball operations and will be ultimately responsible for the lineup decisions that are made. ”
Pelinka said the Lakers will continue to build around LeBron, who has averaged 30.3 points this season. The King will turn 38 in his next campaign, his 20th in the NBA.
“LeBron James is a Rushmore player in basketball and each of his 19-year-old seasons so far has had to be viewed as a precious commodity,” Pelinka said. “And we need to do all we can to be custodians of his legacy and try to build the best team we can around him. And that’s what we’ve been aiming for last year and obviously this lineup hasn’t worked out. But we have great confidence in his partnership with him to make sure we get it right this summer and fix it.
“We don’t know exactly how long LeBron will be playing but of course this year he has been at his best. It’s been an incredible year for him and he feels, in my meeting with him, very motivated to come back next year and have another level of elite, elite competition. … For him to play at that level in the 19th year of his career has been pretty tough, and the impetus for him to come back and do it next year is palpable. ”
Lakers owner Jeanie Buss probably wants Pelinka to be active this season in reshaping the roster. However, she might not be in a hurry to get him on the hot seat.
Pelinka has the full support and trust of Buss’
The Athletic’s Oram and Sam Amick reported in March that Pelinka still has Buss’ full support. Pelinka has been close to Buss since he was Bryant’s agent.
“Take for example Pelinka, a longtime agent for Bryant and a close friend of Buss, who sources say still has her full support and trust,” Oram and Amick reported.
Pelinka said in the exit interview that he is open to working during the season to improve the Lakers, the team that won the 2020 championship behind LeBron and Davis.
“I’m confident that, like we did in 2019 after a disappointing year, we (will) look forward to each other,” Pelinka said. “And I think we’re going to spend the next few weeks and months doing an autopsy to see what’s working well and what’s not working well this year, and come up with a clear plan for how to do it right in the month. Seven.”
All eyes in Los Angeles will be on Pelinka this summer to see what he does in freelance and who he deals with.
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