The Los Angeles Lakers this offseason made a possible franchise-changing acquisition of LeBron James on a four-year, $153 million deal that brought forth plenty of excitement.
Since the move was finalized, the Lakers have voiced nothing but appreciation and gratitude toward the chance to bring in arguably the game’s best player to anchor the team as the leading factor. During Wednesday’s press conference, general manager Rob Pelinka voiced that the move to bring in James has brought a complete validation for the work the front office has done since taking over, according to Tania Ganguli of The LA Times.
Pelinka calls LeBron choosing the Lakers the "ultimate validation" for the work he and Magic have been doing since they took over.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) July 11, 2018
In the time that has passed since Pelinka and Magic Johnson took control of the front office, the team has been moving methodically to restructuring a roster that looks more appealing while positioning themselves with young talent and salary cap space. This saw the Lakers make a few moves to help bring forth the opportunity to have enough salary cap space to offer a max contract to James along with adding more proven talent around him such as point guard Rajon Rondo, forward Lance Stephenson, guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and center JaVale McGee.
This had seen the Lakers move on from point guard D’Angelo Russell and center Timofey Mozgov‘s huge contract in exchange for Brook Lopez‘s expiring deal that was north of $20 million. Meanwhile, the front office also was able to move Jordan Clarkson‘s deal that that has two years left on his four-year, $50 million deal while adding a 2018 first-round draft pick and former All-Star Isaiah Thomas‘ expiring contract.
All of that on top of the Lakers promising young core group of Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Hart have brought forth a situation that James can help mold while possessing salary cap space positioned to make a run at a superstar talent next summer. Simply put, it has aided Los Angeles being in the spot to finally return to relevancy in the league and possibly compete for an NBA title.