Pelinka represents former Lakers star Kobe Bryant, a future Hall of Famer and the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. Even in early retirement, Bryant still has major influence on the Lakers. “Los Angeles has always been about hype,” one high-ranking black NBA team executive said. “Kobe obviously had influence in getting Pelinka pushed through the door.” “I heard that this was coming,” another high-ranking black NBA team executive said. “He has a real connection with Kobe.”
June 25, 2022 | 5:45 pm EDT Update
Joe Mussatto: Sam Presti on Lu Dort’s team option: “Obviously it’s our plan to exercise that pending anything different.” Significant news. The Thunder could have declined the option to make Dort a restricted free agent.
Rylan Stiles: Chet Holmgren confirms it took nothing to get Darius Bazley to switch his number “at first I got a list of numbers available and 7 wasn’t on there, then I got a list an hour later and 7 was on there.” Bazley is now number 55.
Former Mississippi State forward Garrison Brooks agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract with the New York Knicks as an undrafted free agent. This allows Brooks to compete this for a spot on the team’s regular season roster.
French guard Elie Okobo has signed a deal with the 2022 French League runner-ups AS Monaco with a yearly salary worth 1M euros, according to Eurohoops sources. Earlier on Saturday, Okobo led ASVEL to its third consecutive French Betclic Elite trophy with 20 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds.