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Offbeat Rob Pelinka thinks other teams are reluctant to do business with Lakers because they’re jealous of their banners

12:35  23 june  2018
12:35  23 june  2018 Source:   sbnation.com

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Rob Pelinka thinks other teams are reluctant to do business with Lakers because they ’ re jealous of their banners . Lakers exceptionalism is back, and there

Pelinka did not want to address the talks, saying he wanted to respect other teams with which he I think teams don’t want trade with the Celtics because Ainge is a motherfucking beast and they It has nothing to do with you, the other person is just jealous of how awesome you are and they can’t

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This is the greatest example of Lakers exceptionalism, maybe, ever.

Lakers exceptionalism is back, and there is no clearer voice of this phenomenon than the team’s own general manager. Rob Pelinka, it seems, enjoys the salty tears of the rest of the NBA.

In consecutive offseasons, another team’s superstar (first Paul George, now Kawhi Leonard) shifted their gaze to the welcoming weather and bright lights the Lakers have to offer, with only one problem: their contracts. And, for the second straight summer, said stars team (last year, the Indiana Pacers; now, the San Antonio Spurs) are doing whatever they can do avoid sending the face of their franchise to their preferred destination.

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On the other , the team seems determined to add a third maximum salary player to its books, which will inherently require the Lakers to stock their bench The precise amount of money the Lakers have to spend, however, isn’t determined yet, and it might be because GM Rob Pelinka reportedly doesn’t

General manager Rob Pelinka doesn't believe rival teams steadfastly refuse to do business with the Los Angeles Lakers , but We ’ re going to do everything we can, whether it’s through trades, through free agency, or through the draft, we ’ re going to be very aggressive in getting to the destination.”

So, it begs the question: Are teams intentionally avoiding the Lakers in these transactions? If so, why? Well, Pelinka has a theory. (via Ohm Yungmisuk of ESPN)

“It’s interesting because we knew we wanted to try to acquire another pick in the beginning of the second round, and as I said, we’re in discussions on that, [but] we feel like we’re going to be able to accomplish that,” Pelinka said when asked whether the Lakers are encountering resistance from other teams in doing business during this pivotal offseason for the franchise. “So it’s not like teams are saying, ‘Oh, I’m not going to do a deal with the Lakers,’ but I do think when you have 16 banners, there’s going to be a natural envy from your competitors because you’re sitting at the top of the food chain, but that’s just life in general.”

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On March 7, the Los Angeles Lakers officially hired Rob Pelinka to be their general manager. Agent No. 3: “I think someone like Rob Pelinka is going to do really well because he knows the landscape of the league, knows the agent business If Pelinka has success too, teams will try to copy the formula.

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Delicious. He continues.

“If you have success in any walk of life, you’re going to face that,” Pelinka said. “We don’t really see that as a challenge, we just see it as a reality, but we also feel like because of the DNA shift here and because of the energy around our team and our young core and our cap flexibility, that players want to be here. So whether other teams want to participate in that or not, we can’t control [that].”

INJECT IT INTO MY VEEEEEEEEINS.

(Note: This probably won’t help at all if teams are reluctant to do business with the Lakers out of jealousy but let’s just sit here and enjoy this tremendous example of ego at its best/worst.)

The Lakers always made the most sense for LeBron .
LeBron James is going to Hollywood and it was probably a waste of time to think he was ever going anywhere else. LeBron James is going to Hollywood and it was probably a waste of time to think he was ever going anywhere else. There are so many reasons for James to sign with the Lakers—the cap space, the history, the lifestyle, his off-court interests, his Brentwood mansion—that no other location could offer as compelling a case. Cleveland can’t beat the Warriors. Philly is probably too young. And Houston would have been too tricky.

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