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Rob Pelinka Says Lakers Will Solely Commerce 1st-Spherical Picks to Propel Them Towards Title

Rob Pelinka Says Lakers Will Solely Commerce 1st-Spherical Picks to Propel Them Towards Title

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 25, 2023

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 04: Rob Pelinka and Darvin Ham attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat at Crypto.com Arena on January 04, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

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The Los Angeles Lakers and normal supervisor Rob Pelinka aren’t altering the tune they have been singing because the summer season: They will not commerce their future 2027 and 2029 first-round draft picks except it considerably improves their title odds.

Pelinka reiterated that stance Tuesday:

Dave McMenamin @mcten

Rob Pelinka mentioned each commerce LAL evaluates involving the 2027 and 2029 1st spherical picks has to make them really feel like it can propel them in the direction of a championship and “there isn’t a in between.” If nothing presents itself with that sort of upside between now and Feb. 9, they’re going to wait

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

I requested Rob Pelinka to what extent enter from LeBron James and Anthony Davis will issue into roster selections main into Feb. 9 commerce deadline pic.twitter.com/CyXcJTZgrG

Usually talking, the hypothesis round these picks was that the Lakers would transfer them to facilitate buying and selling Russell Westbrook and his $47 million contract. However with Westbrook adjusting effectively to a sixth-man position (15.9 PPG, 7.6 APG, 6.6 RPG) and the Lakers preventing again to a extra respectable 22-25 report after a dreadful 2-10 begin, such a commerce does not really feel as drastically wanted because it did over the summer season.

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Thus far, the Lakers have not been rushed into shifting both of these picks. It sounds as if they don’t seem to be wavering from that method, even with the Feb. 9 commerce deadline looming.

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