The Los Angeles Lakers have renewed their trust in Rob Pelinka as the organization attempts to accommodate a new head coach, recover from one of the most dismal seasons in club history, and make the most of what remains of LeBron James’ outstanding career.
According to ESPN‘s reporting, league sources verified that the Lakers’ VP of basketball operations and general manager, Rob Pelinka, secured a contract extension in the summer that would keep him with the team through the 2025-26 season.
According to the insiders, the deal was finalized in June, around the time the organization named Darvin Ham as its 28th coach. Reports indicate that the move was made so that Ham could feel comfortable working with the front office during his time in Los Angeles.
Rob Pelinka to remain with Lakers until 2025-26 season
After spending most of his career as an agent for Kobe Bryant, the 52-year-old executive finally made his way to the front office in Los Angeles in 2017. First, he had to undo some of the moves made by former general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Jim Buss.
After overseeing the team’s free agency acquisition of James in July 2018 and trade for Anthony Davis in June 2019, he was moved from general manager to vice president of basketball operations in January 2020. In the last four years, under Pelinka’s leadership, the franchise has also let go of coaches Luke Walton and Frank Vogel and front office leader Magic Johnson.