Rob Pelinka Rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Their job is to make the Lakers a destination place again for the biggest free agents in the game. Lebron is going to be the biggest free agent in the game next year. The Lakers are going to be in full Paul George mode from now until July 1 next year … for Lebron, it’s started, and it started from the day they took over.
The Lakers signed Caldwell-Pope to a one-year deal worth about $18 million last week, hoping that his experience, defensive prowess and offensive skill will elevate their roster. “There was a time when the Israelites were wandering the desert and all of a sudden bread came down from heaven,” general manager Rob Pelinka said. “That’s kind of what today feels like for us to have KCP join.
The Lakers didn’t feel the joy of winning very often last season during a 26-56 campaign, but they still love it and they still want their players to start to feel it, even if it is only the Las Vegas Summer League. The Lakers summer league team has won five games in a row and will play Monday for the championship. “Our stated goal going into this was winning a summer league championship because a winning mentality is developed in these small moments,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said. “Every detail, every day, Magic and I are saying, ‘How are we pursuing excellence?’ Even a victory to win the summer league is a step in that direction. We wouldn’t take it for granted.”
How will Johnson and Pelinka assemble that puzzle? “I really like the combination that Jeanie put together,” one NBA executive said. “They’re in a good phase. But this is really step one. They have to get their foundation set.”