In the hours that followed the announcement of Earvin “Magic” Johnson‘s hiring as the new president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers, the organization has quickly found their next general manager in agent Rob Pelinka, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Pelinka has a plethora of experience as a sports agents over the last two-plus decades with a high-profile clientele that includes representing the likes of Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Eric Gordon, and Avery Bradley. This is his first experience in a front office position with an NBA team.
“I’ll empower the general manager to make decisions,” Johnson said, according to the LA Daily News. “Anything to do with trades, draft, of course it’s going to end with me. Their input is going to be very important.”
The hiring of an agent isn’t too far-fetched to see in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors bringing aboard Bob Myers as their general manager a few years back. Myers has excelled at the position helping string together a championship caliber roster after taking over full control as the general manager in 2012.
With that in mind, Los Angeles reportedly had some strong interest in luring away Myers away from his job prior to selecting Pelinka but didn’t feel that they would be able to convince him to leave the Warriors.
Pelinka is expected to turn over his agency, Landmark Sports, to his employees.
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