The transition to a new Lakers’ front office is happening quickly and swiftly. The announcement of Magic Johnson ascending to become the President of Basketball operations for the Lakers came out this morning, along with that was the deposing of Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss from their duties in the front office.
According to Andrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports! the Lakers are agreeing to a deal with Rob Pelinka to be the new general manager. It is a multi-year deal.
Lakers are finalizing a multi-year agreement with agent Rob Pelinka as general manager, league sources tell @TheVertical. He'll start soon.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 21, 2017
Pelinka is notably known as a top basketball agent from players like Kobe Bryant and James Harden. He is well-respected among the top players in the NBA. Pelinka played college basketball at the University of Michigan during the “Fab Five” era.
Pelinka’s been prominent agent for years, holds strong relationships w/ league execs, engineered deals, recruiting in deep ’17 draft class.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 21, 2017
Johnson was also on record saying he wants an expert in the salary cap, which Pelinka is widely touted as. Pelinka is only 47-years-old, but he is also inexperienced with regards to the NBA front, but Johnson hinted earlier in an interview that it would not be a problem.
Magic on a future GM: "It’s not important that they have had experience working in a front office."
— Baxter Holmes (@Baxter) February 21, 2017