Rob Pelinka Hints Young Laker Won't Be Traded Anytime Soon

The Los Angeles Lakers are making the surprising decision to hold onto one of their disappointing young players.
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The Los Angeles Lakers kicked off their 2024-25 season on Monday when they officially introduced JJ Redick as their new head coach. In an introductory press conference with general manager Rob Pelinka, the new Lakers leader made his first remarks in his new role. With the NBA Draft and free agency right around the corner, a very busy week awaits Redick and the new front office.

Lakers GM Pelinka gave an insight into what the team's plans are for the offseason. With many Lakers fans expecting massive moves to improve the roster around LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Pelinka's statements may have come as a surprise, especially when he listed the members of the team's young core.

Lakers News: Jalen Hood-Schifino Still Seen as Part of the Young Core

One of the names Pelinka mentioned as part of the young core was Jalen Hood-Schifino. The 17th overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, Hood-Schifino didn't show much in his rookie year. Even when the Lakers needed more guard play and shot creation, Darvin Ham didn't turn to the former Indiana standout.

That is why it was generally assumed that the 21-year-old combo guard would be traded this offseason before his value decreased further. Considering that the Lakers don't have too many trade assets, a recent first-round pick like Hood-Schifino was expected to be in potential packages to sweeten the deal for Los Angeles.

However, it sounds like the 6'6 guard will be with the team for the foreseeable future. If D'Angelo Russell were to leave in free agency this summer, Hood-Schifino could be thrust into a larger role. Whether he is ready for the big stage remains to be seen but holding onto him is certainly a big risk. If this means that the Lakers will not be very active in trade talks over the next couple of weeks, fans will almost certainly be disappointed.

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