The Lakers have agreed to a contract extension with GM Rob Pelinka and promoted him to Vice President of Basketball Operations, Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN report (via Twitter).
Pelinka, 50, received a five-year contract when the former player agent was originally hired by the Lakers in 2017. By signing LeBron James as a free agent in 2018 and trading for another superstar, Anthony Davis, this offseason, the Lakers have turned into a serious championship contender under Pelinka’s watch.
The length of the extension isn’t clear but it is for multiple seasons, Wojnarowski adds.
The Lakers confirmed the promotion in a press release.
“I’m extremely pleased with the work Rob has done in order to put this franchise in a position for success, “ Lakers owner Jeanie Buss said. “His strong leadership skills, as well as his commitment to building a winning culture, both on and off the court, have brought us one step closer to being a championship-caliber team and I look forward to our continued work together.”
Pelinka said shortly after the Davis deal was completed that anything but a championship wouldn’t be considered a successful season.