The Los Angeles Lakers have plans to pursue two max free agents while also possibly pursuing a third via trade.
But the Lakers are willing to maintain their cap flexibility for 2019 if their primary targets are not acquired. The Lakers plan on pursuing LeBron James and Paul George in free agency. The 2019 free agency class includes Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving.
"We do feel like the road is a flexible road for us, if July 1 happens with one or two superstar players, great," Rob Pelinka said. "If it doesn't, we love this young core that we're developing and we know 2019 could present some amazing opportunities as well. So really any road we go down we're really confident in but obviously for Lakers fans we want to be good, we want to be back in the playoffs where Lakers deserve to be and competing for a championship.
"I'll personally feel a sense of urgency until we win a championship, I won't rest until then," Pelinka added. "That's just the way I'm built, and I know Magic's built the same way and Jeanie [Buss] ultimately, we don't compete to play games, we compete to win championships so there will be a sense of urgency until that's accomplished."
Pelinka also talked about how the Lakers' past success makes some teams not want to work with them.
"If you have success in any walk of life, you're going to face that," Pelinka said. "We don't really see that as a challenge, we just see it as a reality, but we also feel like because of the DNA shift here and because of the energy around our team and our young core and our cap flexibility, that players want to be here. So whether other teams want to participate in that or not, we can't control [that].
"But we can control the environment we have here and creating energy where great players want to be Lakers."