Contrary to popular belief, LeBron James is not the general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers, nor the president of basketball operations – both of these titles belong to Rob Pelinka. But Pelinka has involved James in decisions he has made in the past and this summer will be no different.
James isn’t the only person who has a say in what the Lakers do in the offseason, however. According to Pelinka, Anthony Davis and Frank Vogel will also be on top of the squad’s moves heading into the 2021-22 season.
âI think in terms of building the roster, you know we’ve been very collaborative,â Vogel said in his exit interview last week. âAnthony Davis and LeBron James are the mainstays of this franchise’s championship for years to come and of course they’re going to be involved in how we build our roster and how we build our roster. (They are) two great basketball minds, and so are Frank.
“I think the cohesion in making these decisions between your star players, your head coach and the front office is really important and that will continue to be our process going forward.”
This cohesion in the front office doesn’t always translate into the field, as we’ve seen with the moves the Lakers made in free agency and in the buyout market last season, but, at the very least, it is more difficult for anyone to point. fingers when things aren’t working out. This may explain why there hasn’t been a lot of fuss around James’s relationship with Pelinka or Vogel – good or bad – over the past couple of years. Responsibility is shared.
That might change if the Lakers don’t live up to expectations after a normal offseason, but for now, it looks like everyone is on the same page.