Rob Pelinka and the Los Angeles Lakers were expected to make a big move ahead of the 2024 NBA Trade Deadline.
Unfortunately, it never happened.
In the aftermath, Pelinka stepped up to a session with the media and tried to explain himself. Mainly, he pledged that the Lakers would add a big superstar this summer. One name, in particular, appears to be the frontrunner for that.
Pelinka also noted that the team would be active on the buyout market. There are 3 guys viewed as frontrunners for L.A. in that capacity.
In addition, Pelinka also revealed that he essentially asked James for permission to not make a big move at the deadline.
Here’s Rob Pelinka explaining the Lakers’ approach to the trade deadline. “You can’t buy a house that’s not for sale.”
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“The last conversation I had with him was that he was focused on the guys in the locker room and making them the best players and teammates he can be,” Pelina revealed.
“I think he said after our last game, ‘I love these guys.’ He knows, as our leader and as our captain, that building those guys up and getting the best version of themselves is gonna be important to the run we make.”
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James has made his displeasure with the current roster composition no secret. But obviously Pelinka felt like his hands were tied.
It will be interesting to see where the Lakers go from here. If the players haven’t changed, the coaches haven’t changed and the strategy going forward remains the same, it is hard to see how the team can possibly be expected to perform better as the season chugs along.
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