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Former Michigan Player Rob Pelinka Hired As L.A. Lakers' General Manager

The Los Angeles Lakers have found their man.

The Lakers have officially hired Rob Pelinka as the team's General Manager. Pelinka was reportedly the favorite to land the job after Magic Johnson was given control of the team.

From the Lakers:

“We have worked closely with Rob for many years and have first-hand experience with his knowledge of the league and the business of basketball,” said Buss. “In our recent discussions, it was clear that he also shares our goal of returning the Lakers to being an elite NBA franchise. Together with Earvin and Coach Walton, I believe we are in a great position to bring winning basketball back to the Lakers.”

“Rob’s knowledge of the NBA landscape and the CBA, as well as his relationships with GMs around the league, are invaluable,” said Johnson. “After running a successful sports agency and as someone who truly understands the inner workings of salary caps and player negotiations, he will bring the additional skills and experience needed in the Lakers executive office. Rob is a winner and the Lakers are fortunate to have him.”

Pelinka, who played at Michigan from 1988-93, winning one national championship, has been an agent for more than a decade.