LOS ANGELES — After making a big move two and a half weeks before the NBA trade deadline by acquiring Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards on Monday, Rob Pelinka, vice president and general manager of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, still insisted on updating the list. urgency to do.
,[Sentimos] Pelinka said before the Lakers hosted the Clippers on Tuesday, before joining Hachimura for a conference call, that it was an opportunity to attack early and fill a need in a market that has proved a bit slow. “And [eso] This does not mean that our work is over: we will continue to monitor the situation with the other 29 teams…
“Our job as the front office is always to make our team better now and in the future and we felt that Rui was the right way to do that and so we started early.”
Pelinka was asked whether the Lakers pursue additional deals before the February 9 trade deadline, which would include the franchise’s 2027 and 2029 first-round picks, to complete the deal. LA was able to keep those picks in the Wizards trade, which included Kendrick Nunn and three future second round picks in the deal.
Pelinka said, “I think the calculation for the Lakers is whether or not to win the championship. There is no intermediate or incremental increase.” “So as we look at the opportunities, we have to look at it through that lens. And, I said this at the beginning of the season, if there is an opportunity to go all the way and win the championship, there is no resource we might lose.” We’ll stick to that.”
Part of that commitment to competing is driven by LeBron James, now in his 20th season, who signed a two-year extension with the Lakers in the off-season, hoping to add to his career by getting the franchise to his prime. of promised a twilight. Another title.
Pelinka continued, “What would be completely unwise would be to shoot first and not take it later, when you have a better move to make.” “It’s a really delicate calculation and something that the entire front office evaluates with every move. If we see a move that puts us as favorites to get another championship here, 18th here , we’ll make it. And if that trick won’t come, we’ll be smart and do it later.”
Pelinka also continued to distance himself from his previous stance on the decision-making process in the front office, making it clear that responsibility for every decision rested with him, even as he turned to team leaders like James and Anthony Davis. Ask for input from
“I think LeBron said it very well at the press conference that night when he said, ‘My job is to play basketball. The front office’s job is to do its job and build the roster. And the coach’s job is to [Darvin] Ham has to be trained.’ Pelinka said, “I agree with that.”
Hachimura, 24, is averaging career highs of 13.0 points on 47.9% shooting and 5.1 rebounds in four seasons with Washington since Gonzaga was drafted with the No. 9 pick in 2019.
Toyama, a native of Japan, Hachimura is the first Japanese-born player in Lakers history.
“I am very excited about this opportunity,” Hachimura said Tuesday. “Of course, the Lakers are one of the best organizations. I am very happy to be a part of this family and very happy to be back in Los Angeles.”
“It’s so funny that when I was in college, I used to come here for varsity games … and I used to joke about how this was going to be my home. So it’s great that it’s actually here now.” Happening.”
Hachimura took an overnight flight to Los Angeles on Monday and began the check-in process at the Lakers’ practice facility at 6 a.m. Tuesday, completing physicals and meeting with team staff and coaches.
Sources told ESPN that he could play against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. He will wear the number 28.
“I’ve always been impressed,” Ham said. “He is such a multi-faceted, strong, athletic and skilful young player that I am very excited to have the opportunity to add him to my club. I think he is going to bring a lot to the table.”