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Lakers’ Rob Pelinka thinks front offices should treat ‘superstars like partners’

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Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka believes NBA front offices should treat “superstars like partners.”

This summer, Pelinka closely worked with Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis during the free agency process, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

Pelinka, who says that treating “superstars like partners” is a mentality that front offices must adopt in the era of player empowerment, fully acknowledges that this is his approach. He estimates hundreds of three-way calls with James and Davis since the trade.

After trading for Davis and seeing Kawhi Leonard sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, Rob Pelinka and the Lakers front office made a bunch of moves.

The Lakers signed Jared Dudley (before Leonard joined the Clippers), Danny Green, Dwight Howard, DeMarcus Cousins, Avery Bradley, Troy Daniels and Quinn Cook.

The Purple and Gold also re-signed Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and JaVale McGee and hired Frank Vogel as head coach. Jason Kidd, Lionel Hollins and Phil Handy were hired as Vogel’s assistants.

With LeBron and Davis leading the charge, the Lakers are legitimate title contenders. Unlike last season, Pelinka has surrounded James with shooters and more talented scorers.

Barring something unforeseen happening, the Lakers should make the playoffs this season and make a run for the championship.