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Rob Pelinka — Rui Hachimura move ‘doesn’t mean our work is finished’

Rob Pelinka — Rui Hachimura move ‘doesn’t mean our work is finished’

Rob Pelinka — Rui Hachimura move ‘doesn’t mean our work is finished’

Already making a big move 2.5 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, said: , underscored the urgency to upgrade the roster.

“[We] Pelinka said Tuesday before attending an introductory press conference with Hachimura before the Lakers host the Los Angeles Clippers. [it] Our work is not done. We will continue to monitor the situation with the other 29 teams…

“Our job as the front office is to constantly improve the team, both now and in the future, and Louis felt the best way to do that. That’s why I attacked you.”

Pelinka said the Lakers’ pursuit of additional deals before the Feb. 9 trade deadline would include relinquishing the franchise’s 2027 and 2029 first-round picks to complete the deal. LA could retain those picks, including Kendrick Nunn and three future second-round picks, in a Wizards trade.

“I think the Lakers’ calculation is whether or not they win a championship. “So when you analyze an opportunity, you have to do it through that lens. There’s no.” When you feel it’s there, hold on. ”

The commitment to competition was motivated in part by LeBron James, now in his 20th season, signing a two-year extension with the Lakers in the offseason.Title total.

“It’s completely unwise to shoot the bullet early on and not have it later when you have a better championship move,” Pelinka continued. , it’s a whole front office thing and we evaluate every move and if we see a move that’s a prime contender to win another championship here, an 18th championship here. We’ll make it happen, and if the move isn’t by itself, we’re smart and we’ll do it later.”

Pelinka also continued to distance himself from his previous stance on the decision-making process in the front office, with all decisions resting on his knees even as he sought input from team leaders James and Anthony Davis. I made it clear.

“I think LeBron did a really good job at the press conference the other day when he said, ‘My job is to play basketball. The front office’s job is to do their job and build the roster.'” [Darvin] Ham’s job is a coach. I agree with that,” Pelinka said. That’s how we do it and we will continue to do so. ”

Hachimura, 24, averaged 13.0 points and 5.1 rebounds on a 47.9% shooting percentage in four seasons with Washington since being drafted with the ninth overall pick by Gonzaga in 2019.

Hailing from Toyoma, Japan, Hachimura is the first Japanese-born player in Lakers history.

“I’m so excited about this opportunity,” Hachimura said Tuesday. “Of course, the Lakers are one of the best organizations. I am happy.

“It’s so funny when I was in college that I came here for a college game…and I was joking about how this was going to be my home…so it’s really happening now.” It’s great to be here.

Hachimura made a red-eye flight to LA on Monday and began the onboarding process at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Lakers’ practice facility, completing physicals and meeting with team staff and coaches.

He could face the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, sources told ESPN.

“I’ve always been impressed with him,” said Hamm. “A multi-faceted, strong, athletic and accomplished young player, we are really excited to have the opportunity to add him to our ballclub. ”

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