Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka addressed his team's upcoming offseason, including his desire to keep the core of the team together.
The Lakers will have eight free agents, with Montrezl Harrell holding a $9.7 million player option.
"I'm convinced that, again, without some of the unforeseen circumstances this year, the challenges that we had to face, that we'd be a championship-caliber team," said Pelinka. "So the goal is to try to keep that core group together."
The Lakers have more than $100 million committed next season to LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma.
When asked if he was allowed to dip into the luxury tax to build out a roster, Pelinka responded that his goal is to prepare the team for another title run.
"Jeanie [Buss] and the ownership group has empowered the front office to do one thing, and that's to smartly build a roster to win championships," he said. "I think next year, of course, hopefully, with all of our fans being able to come back and be a part of the building, we owe them the work to start the process of retooling and have a championship-caliber team that can do special things next year.
Frank Vogel is also entering the final season of his three-year deal.
Vogel insisted on keeping any discussions of a contract extension private.
"I really just prefer those conversations to remain private. Obviously, I love it here. I love this organization. And, you know, I hope to be a Laker for life."