How the Lakers Managed to Make a Championship Team Better In a Week
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The 2020-21 Los Angeles Lakers aren't quite a Completed Thing On Paper yet, but are awfully close after a big trade last week and a weekend of acquisitions in free agency. GM Rob Pelinka said the Lakers wouldn't rest on their laurels, and certainly held true to his word, taking a very aggressive role in the market. In are Montrezl Harrell, Wes Matthews and Marc Gasol

This, of course, on top of acquiring Dennis Schroder from Oklahoma City in a trade.

Out? Avery Bradley, Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee

And Danny Green, sent to OKC (and then quickly to Philadelphia!) in the Schroder deal. Meanwhile the Lakers held on to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and are still hoping Markieff Morris returns, as well. So are they a better team now than they were in Orlando, when they won a title? It sure seems so. We explain why. What challenges do they face this year that are different than a season ago? How do the new pieces help? What potential problems could arise?

We go through each of the new guys, talking fit, role, and reasonable expectations.

Finally, how does all of this reflect on Rob Pelinka? Is he better at this GM thing than we thought? Has he evolved? Yes to both?

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