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Rob Pelinka says Lakers will be ‘sacred’ about cap space next summer

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The Los Angeles Lakers over the last few days have been one of the busier teams in the league with the offseason now underway.

With that in mind, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka has made it clear what the organization values highly at this point in time, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

Earlier this week, Los Angeles made the surprising decision to trade D’Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets. However, it was a move that helped net them additional salary cap space for next offseason by shipping away center Timofey Mozgov‘s contract, which has three years left worth $48 million while acquiring center Brook Lopez, who is the final year of his deal worth $22.6 million for the 2017-18 season.

This has essentially put the Lakers in prime position to potentially sign two max contract players next summer with the likes of LeBron James, Paul GeorgeRussell Westbrook, and DeMarcus Cousins in the free-agent market. It will also mean that the team will likely look to garner some short-term deals when the free agency period begins in just over a week.

It’s clear that Los Angeles’ front office headed by Pelinka and team president Magic Johnson has their eyes set on putting forth some major changes in order to finally uplift the franchise back to prominence in the league.