The Lakers revved up the trade market up ahead of the February 9 deadline with the move for Hachimiura, sending Kendrick Nunn and three second-round draft picks to the Wizards for the former No. 9 overall pick.
It was far from a blockbuster move, although that could still be on the way for the Lakers as they weigh what to do with their two coveted first-round picks.
“We’re canvassing the league on ways to get better,” Pelinka told reporters on Tuesday, January 24. “Doesn’t mean our work is finished. We are going to continue to monitor the situation with 29 other teams. Our job as a front office is to always look for ways to improve our team both now and in the future.”
Pelinka: ‘There’s No Resource We’ll Hold Onto’ for Right Deal
The championship-level expectations are different for the Lakers year in and year out, which Pelinka acknowledged. And it’s even more pressing with title-hungry 38-year-old LeBron James serving as the franchise’s centerpiece. Pelinka reiterated what he said prior to the season that the front office would be willing to give up their assets if they felt it could lead to a championship-caliber player.
“I think the calculus for the Lakers is to win a championship or not. There’s no in-between or incremental growth,” Pelinka said. “So as we analyze opportunities, we have to do it through that lens. And I said this at the beginning of the season, if there’s an opportunity to get all the way to the end and win a championship, there’s no resource we’ll hold onto if we feel like that’s there.”
Pelinka did also make it clear that the Lakers will exercise caution with any move, not wanting to strike at an inopportune time just to make a move.
“The completely unwise thing to do would be to shoot a bullet early and then not have it later when you have a better championship move to make,” Pelinka said. “So that’s a really delicate calculus. It’s something that the entire front office, we evaluate with all of the moves. If we see a move that puts as a frontrunner to get another championship, the 18th one here, we’ll make it. And if that move doesn’t present itself, …read more