Lakers hire former agent Rob Pelinka as new general manager


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Published 6:55 p.m. ET March 7, 2017 | Updated 24 minutes ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Longtime agent Rob Pelinka has been named the Los Angeles Lakers’ new general manager.

The Lakers formally announced the hiring Tuesday.

Pelinka got the job shortly after Lakers owner Jeanie Buss fired GM Mitch Kupchak and her brother, Jim, as the Lakers’ top basketball executives last month. The team waited to announce the hiring until Pelinka complied with NBA rules against conflicts of interest.

Pelinka will work for Magic Johnson, hired by Jeanie Buss last month to be the Lakers’ president of basketball operations.

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The 47-year-old Pelinka is a former University of Michigan basketball player who became a prominent agent for the past two decades. He has represented many big-name players, including longtime Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant.

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