The GM of the Lakers does not want to upset the workforce | NBA


The challenge was immense for the Lakers, even after a high-quality recruiting: to achieve the double after an offseason of only 72 days. The “bubble” left its mark and the injuries of LeBron James and Anthony Davis during the regular season shattered a dynamic that was then never recovered.

The time to take stock has come for Los Angeles, which has just been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Suns. Rob Pelinka can only regret the physical glitches, and that’s why he thinks of keeping his group to go to recover the trophy in 2022.

« I am convinced that, once again, without certain unforeseen circumstances this year, without the challenges that were facing us, we had a team capable of winning the title », assures the GM and vice-president of the Lakers to ESPN. “So the goal is to keep this hard core together. And this failure will motivate us. It must become a driving force, a way to motivate yourself, to get down to work. « 

The hard core, besides James and Davis obviously, are mainly the players who are still under contract like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma, because then, no less than eight players will be free this summer among which Dennis Schröder, Wesley Matthews, Alex Caruso, Talen Horton-Tucker, Andre Drummond or Markieff Morris. And maybe even Montrezl Harrell, who can decide not to activate his option and leave, after being blocked for a long time on the bench in the playoffs …

To keep everyone, replace them or strengthen, we will have to take out the checkbook because the quartet James – Davis – KCP – Kuzma alone will weigh 102 million dollars next season. Will the Lakers be ready to pay the luxury tax to get back to the top?

« Jeanie Buss and the owners gave us the leaders only one instruction: to build an intelligent workforce that can win titles », Pelinka announces. “We have an immense desire to win an 18th title. And I hope that next season, with the return of our fans in our hall, we can do great things. « 

Shots Rebounds
Players MJ Min Shots 3pts LF Off Def Early Pd Bp Int Ct Fte Pts
Lebron james 45 33.4 51.3 36.5 69.8 0.6 7.0 7.7 7.8 3.7 1.1 0.6 1.6 25.0
Anthony davis 36 32.3 49.1 26.0 73.8 1.7 6.2 7.9 3.1 2.1 1.2 1.6 1.7 21.8
Dennis schroder 61 32.1 43.7 33.5 84.8 0.5 3.0 3.5 5.8 2.7 1.1 0.2 2.6 15.4
Montrezl Harrell 69 22.9 62.2 0.0 70.7 2.3 3.9 6.2 1.1 1.1 0.7 0.7 1.9 13.5
Kyle kuzma 68 28.7 44.3 36.1 69.1 1.6 4.5 6.1 1.9 1.7 0.5 0.6 1.8 12.9
Andre drummond 21 24.8 53.1 0.0 60.5 3.1 7.1 10.2 1.4 2.0 1.1 1.0 3.8 11.9
Kentavious Caldwell-pope 67 28.4 43.1 41.0 86.6 0.4 2.3 2.7 1.9 1.0 0.9 0.4 1.7 9.7
Talen Horton-tucker 65 20.1 45.8 28.2 77.5 0.4 2.2 2.6 2.8 1.6 1.0 0.3 2.0 9.0
Ben Mclemore 21 17.5 39.0 36.8 76.2 0.2 1.4 1.6 0.5 0.7 0.1 0.3 1.8 8.0
Markieff Morris 61 19.7 40.5 31.1 72.0 0.8 3.6 4.4 1.2 0.9 0.4 0.3 1.7 6.7
Alex Caruso 58 21.0 43.6 40.1 64.5 0.5 2.4 2.9 2.8 1.3 1.1 0.3 1.9 6.4
Damian jones 8 14.0 94.1 0.0 91.7 1.0 2.2 3.2 0.1 0.6 0.1 0.9 2.8 5.4
Marc Gasol 52 19.1 45.4 41.0 72.0 0.7 3.4 4.1 2.1 1.0 0.5 1.1 2.2 5.0
Wesley matthews 58 19.5 35.3 33.5 85.4 0.3 1.3 1.6 0.9 0.4 0.7 0.3 1.4 4.8
Alfonzo Mckinnie 39 6.6 51.6 41.0 55.6 0.6 0.8 1.4 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.7 3.1
Quinn Cook 16 3.9 46.2 38.5 80.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 2.1
Devontae Cacok 20 4.9 58.6 0.0 45.5 0.6 1.0 1.6 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.4 1.9
Kostas Antetokounmpo 15 3.7 30.0 0.0 46.2 0.3 1.0 1.3 0.1 0.7 0.1 0.3 0.5 0.8
Jared dudley 12 6.7 22.2 33.3 0.0 0.3 1.4 1.8 0.4 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.6 0.5

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