Sport LeBron James will be Lakers only guaranteed starter, GM Rob Pelinka says

01:02  12 july  2018
01:02  12 july  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Well, everyone but Lakers GM Rob Pelinka . Rob Pelinka could not be happier that LeBron James is a member of the Los Angeles Lakers and his arrival will change the entire dynamic of the franchise.

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said once LeBron James came aboard, his goal was to build a roster full of versatile players who are tenacious defenders in order to get past the Golden State Warriors.

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The Lakers have made some major changes to their roster this offseason, but according to general manager Rob Pelinka, only LeBron James' starting position is safe.

During a press conference Wednesday, Pelinka addressed the roster overhaul and said the four starting spots around James will be decided through competition, which means Rajon Rondo and Lonzo Ball will be fighting for the starting point guard position.

"We feel like we are going to have an open training camp in terms of competing and figuring out what is that best five to win and go deep into the playoffs and give ourselves a chance to win a championship," Pelinka said, via ESPN.

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"Obviously LeBron James is going to be a starter but the other four spots is going to be an open training camp decision ... we are going to play fast ... you can imagine lineups on the court where everyone is 6-7, 6-8 or above. Brandon Ingram, LeBron is a positionless player. ... It is really exciting to think about the length and speed and the way we can play."

In addition to Rondo, who has been a consistent starter in 11 of his 12 NBA seasons, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and James signed with the Lakers as veterans on a roster filled with young players.

Pelinka added the franchise is excited about its youth and that was part of what drew James to the Lakers.

“Youth succeeded. We saw it in Utah. We saw it in Boston,” Pelinka said, per ESPN. “LeBron made it clear to Earvin and to me that that was one of the things he was excited about.”

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The Lakers will keep their lottery pick only if it is in the top three, and they have a 47% chance of that happening. Pelinka said the Lakers have plans to return the team to prominence no matter what happens with Lakers ' summer league players try to stay focused in wake of LeBron James news.

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Even with the addition of new key players, Pelinka made it clear they still have one thing in mind — and that's winning a championship.

"We don't celebrate signings. We don't celebrate roster additions. We celebrate championships," Pelinka added.

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The Lakers opened at 20-1 to win the NBA title next season. Then they added LeBron James. Now they're a 7-2 pick because of betting action.Of course, that's the long-held philosophy in the NBA, and it has played out multiple times.

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