Rob Pelinka promoted to Lakers VP of Basketball Operations
The Los Angeles Lakers are having a strong season, and that’s given the ownership group confidence in Rob Pelinka’s ability to build a team. Accordingly, the front office executive has received a promotion.
The Lakers announced on Friday that Pelinka has been promoted to VP of Basketball Operations and general manager. Pelinka previously was solely the team’s general manager. He is receiving a five-year contract extension.
The Lakers announce Rob Pelinka has been promoted to Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager. "I’m extremely pleased with the work Rob has done in order to put this franchise in a position for success," Jeanie Buss said in a statement.
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When Jeanie Buss made changes to the Lakers’ front office in 2017, she brought in Magic Johnson as the team’s President of Basketball Operations and Pelinka as GM. Johnson indicated he was only planning to remain in his role briefly before ceding power to Pelinka. Magic quit his job with the Lakers at the end of the last year’s disastrous season, leaving Pelinka in charge. Now Pelinka has added a new title.
The 30-7 Lakers have the best record in the West currently and are on their way to making the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
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