The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly extended Rob Pelinka’s contract through 2026 to align with the deal provided to the team’s head coach, Darvin Ham.
Pelinka is a lifelong fixture in the world of modern basketball. In 1989, he won the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship as a member of the University of Michigan Wolverines. From there, he played with Jalen Rose, Chris Weber and “The Fab Five” in Ann Arbor. Following his college career, he became a sports agent, representing Kobe Bryant, Andre Igoudala, James Harden and several others. In 2017, he transitioned from his role as an agent to becoming the general manager of the Lakers. Three years later, he was elevated to the position of vice president of basketball operations. Under his leadership, the Lakers won the 2019-2020 NBA Championship, but have failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs in any other season.
Heading into the 2022-2023 NBA Season, the Lakers have added Patrick Beverly to the roster and aim to improve upon their 33-49 record from last season. The Lakers will kick off the 2022-2023 NBA Regular Season on October 18, 2022 against the Golden State Warriors.