Lakers GM Rob Pelinka Plans To Meet With Team’s Players ‘Individually’ With Magic Johnson
Lakers News: Gm Rob Pelinka Won’t Set Timeline Of Returning Team To Contention
via Lakers Scene

Only 15 games remain in the 2016-17 NBA season for the Los Angeles Lakers. As it has been made abundantly clear over the past few weeks, the Lakers brass and coaching staff are in the evaluation process with their focus now being on the upcoming offseason.

With the end of the season drawing near, new general manager Rob Pelinka and Magic Johnson plan to sit down with the all the players on the Lakers roster individually, according to Mark Medina of the OC Register:

Pelinka also told the players that he and Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson will meet with them individually. During those discussions, the Lakers’ front office will provide feedback on their development as well as solicit their insight on the franchise’s direction.

Although Pelinka admits developing the young players on the current squad is a priority for this team moving forward, the new general manager also made it clear moves will be made in NBA free agency this summer to upgrade the roster, via Medina:

“Developing those guys are key,” Pelinka said. “But we have to add significant players to that through free agency. That’s something we’ll work really, really hard to do.”

Along with bringing in free agents this summer, the Lakers brass will also focus on the 2017 NBA Draft. If the team can hold onto their top-3 protected pick in the first round, the Lakers will have a great shot at landing another talented young player like Lonzo Ball (UCLA), Markelle Fultz (Washington), Josh Jackson (Kansas), Malik Monk (Kentucky) or Jayson Tatum (Duke).

Pelinka and Johnson will be keeping a close eye on the NCAA Tournament with the majority of the players mentioned set to showcase their talents on the biggest stage in college basketball over the next few weeks.

You May Also Like

Shaquille O’Neal Compares Playing With Penny Hardaway, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, And LeBron James

Shaquille O’Neal had the privilege of playing with a number of all-time greats during his own Hall of Fame 20-year NBA…

Lakers News: Media Still Has Giannis Antetokounmpo Ahead Of LeBron James For 2019-20 NBA MVP

Before the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended, one of the biggest developing stories was that of the Most Valuable Player…

Paul Pierce Details Growing Up Lakers Fan, But Being Selected By Celtics In 1998 NBA Draft

For most Los Angeles Lakers fans, Paul Pierce’s name brings a certain disdain and dislike as he was a villain who had no…

Lakers News: Rudy Gay Amazed By LeBron James’ Longevity In 17th NBA Season

Coming into the 2019-20 NBA season, there were questions as to how LeBron James would perform in his 17th season with…