The Los Angeles Lakers made some surprising and impressive moves in the offseason free agency market, and general manager Rob Pelinka explained his argumentation for such decisions.
Pelinka talked to journalists ahead of the Lakers’ first workout on Friday, revealing what was his reasoning when getting Dennis Schröder and Montrezl Harrell to the organization (per Harrison Faigen/Silver Screen & Roll):
Pelinka notes that the Lakers got younger roster players and much faster ones as 27-year-old Schröder and 26-year-old Harrell are direct replacements for 34-year-olds Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard.
The pair signings not only raised the Lakers’ offense but further gave them two fresh and skilled basketball players in their control opportunity to build a dynasty team.
Ex-Lakers Danny Green (age 33) and Dwight Howard (age 34) will play in Philadelphia, Rajon Rondo (age 34) in Atlanta and JaVale McGee (age 32) joined the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Lakers leader LeBron James has previously pointed out the fact that the team got younger by adding Dennis Schroder and Montrezl Harrell:
“We did get younger. We got a 27-year-old point guard. We got a 27-year-old Sixth Man of the Year award in Trez. We got younger. We got Marc who’s Defensive Player of the Year. His IQ. Not only playing against him in the NBA but also playing against him versus Spain with the national team,” LeBron told Allie Clifton, Richard Jefferson, and Channing Frye on Road Trippin’ podcast.