Rich Paul contacted Rob Pelinka after seeing Lakers’ patience with cap space
The Los Angeles Lakers have had a busy summer. Their roster is going to look wildly different next season. First, they traded away their former second pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, D’Angelo Russell, to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets sent center Brook Lopez and the 27th selection in the 2017 NBA Draft to the Lakers.
With that 27th selection, the Lakers selected Kyle Kuzma, who has shined in the summer league for the Lakers. Of course, Kuzma was not the main selection of the Lakers in the draft. With their second pick, Los Angeles selected Lonzo Ball from UCLA, who is thought to be the future star of the franchise.
Even with all these moves, the Lakers still have cap room to operate. Due to this, general manager Rob Pelinka got an interesting call from Rich Paul, the agent of many NBA superstars. Per Serena Winters from LakersNation, Paul contacted Pelinka during the offseason.
Rob Pelinka says agent Rich Paul contacted him, noticing how patient the Lakers have been with their cap space: ‘Let’s talk.’
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) July 18, 2017
It is easy to suppose this call was about Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, who Paul represents. James is reportedly not happy in Cleveland, and the Lakers are, per reports, one of the top choices for James, if he leaves the Cavs.
However, Lakers fans should not hold their breath. Paul also represents new Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Due to this, it is more plausible that the talks between Paul and Pelinka were about KCP.
Caldwell-Pope signed a one-year, $18 million deal with the Lakers.