The new regime for the Los Angeles Lakers is officially in place and hard at work in terms of preparing for the upcoming NBA offseason. After being introduced as the new general manager last week, Rob Pelinka has embarked on his mission to help right the ship for the Lakers alongside Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.
Pelinka believes developing the young players on the current squad and upgrading the roster through NBA free agency will play a big role in getting the team back on track during the upcoming offseason, via Mark Medina of OC Register:
“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.”
Following a fourth straight season without a playoff berth, the Lakers brass will likely be as active as any team in the league during the summer. Pelinka and Johnson will want to make an impression and do just that if able to bring in some free agents that can make an impact immediately.
Pelinka looking toward to the free agency period comes as no surprise as he's quite familiar with the process due to his days as an agent for big-name players like Kobe Bryant and James Harden.
Although Pelinka and Johnson hope to upgrade in free agency, it may be difficult with a lot of the big names expected to hit the market likely staying put. A lot of players will opt out of their contracts to take advantage of the salary increasing like Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Lowry, and Paul Millsap, but it seems highly unlikely any of them will leave their current teams.
Stephen Curry will also hit the open market this summer as an unrestricted free agent. Much like the other free-agents-to-be that were mentioned, he probably doesn't intend on leaving the Golden State Warriors.
Other notable players that might be an option for the Lakers in free agency include Jrue Holiday, Danilo Gallinari, Serge Ibaka, George Hill, Jeff Teague, Greg Monroe, Andre Iguodala, and Dwyane Wade.