Rob Pelinka has succeeded in doing one of the hardest things to do as an NBA GM these days — lock in his two superstars to long-term contracts. With LeBron James signed through the 2022-23 season and Anthony Davis signed through the 2024-25 season, Pelinka can rest on the laurels of those two while improving the rest of the roster around the margins. However, is there another corner piece of the team that he should lock up long-term? No, I’m not speaking about Dennis Schröder, Andre Drummond, or even the G.O.A.T. Alex Caruso. I’m talking about head coach Frank Vogel.
On Friday, Frank Vogel confirmed in his exit interview that the 2021-22 season would be the final year of the three-year contract he signed with the Lakers. When asked about possible discussions revolving around an extension, Vogel refused to reveal details but also stated his desire to be with the Lakers for a long time (h/t Harrison Faigen and Silver Screen & Roll).
In fact, he used the phrase “for life”.
“I really just prefer those conversations to remain private,” Vogel said. “Obviously I love it here, I love this organization and hope to be a Laker for life. But all that stuff will play out in the right time and those conversations will remain private.”
Rob Pelinka also refused to discuss details of any conversations that he and the team have had with Frank Vogel, but Pelinka appeared to tip his hand with the non-stop praises he sang for the head coach of his team.
“Listen, Frank has done an outstanding job as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. To come into an organization and in his first year to help us achieve the ultimate goal is really incredible, and something that we are so grateful and appreciative of,” Pelinka said.
“This year I think he did everything he could to battle through some of the things that our team faced that we couldn’t control, and did the best he could in times of adversity to keep everybody together,” Pelinka said.
Pelinka really lays out the case above for why Frank Vogel isn’t just another expendable coach of one LeBron James who has had infamous internal quarrels with a handful of his coaches. Lakers fans would be wise to expect an extension before the conclusion of the 2021-22 season, if not before that season even begins.