Despite an abysmal finish to the 2020/21 NBA season, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka says his goal is to keep the core group intact.
The Los Angeles Lakers are faced with many unanswered questions entering the offseason after a shameful 1st-round playoff exit at the hands of the Chris Paul and Devin Booker led Phoenix Suns.
“I’m convinced that, again, without some of the unforeseen circumstances this year, the challenges that we had to face, that we’d be a championship-caliber team,” Pelinka told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “So the goal is to try to keep that core group together.”
However, Pelinka’s view on keeping the “core group” is not well understood.
However, the franchise has committed more than $100 million to LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Calwell-Pope for next season, so those players probably aren’t going anywhere.
L.A. has some players set for free agency, including the likes of Dennis Schroder, Alex Caruso, Markieff Morris and Jared Dudley, among others. Montrezl Harrell also has a $9.7 million player option for next season and Andre Drummond’s deal expires this summer.
It’s unclear how the Lakers plan to upgrade this offseason, but they certainly will need to do so if they have hopes of contending for another title next season.