Fallout from the Jim Buss, Mitch Kupchak departure and Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka hirings continued Thursday afternoon, as Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports assistant general manager Glenn Carraro has resigned from his position with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Carraro has been with the organization since 2000 and was the Lakers’ cap guru.
As is the case in most front office overhauls, leftovers don’t last very long, especially when they’re as close to the prior regime as Carraro was to Kupchak and Buss. Johnson and Pelinka preferring someone they’re closer to is nothing new in this kind of process.
A couple things are absolutely worth keeping on eye on as this situation continues to evolve.
First, what might this mean for the rest of the front office. By all accounts, the scouting team — and guys like Ryan West in particular — is loved by everyone throughout the organization. Still, it feels like nothing is off the table in the coming months so you never really know.
Next, how Carraro’s vacant position is filled might be telling about the direction the front office is going in. For years, the Lakers have been comfortable promoting from within, with the issue being potentially insular thinking. In this case, West would probably get a promotion and the chips would fall behind him.
Magic did talk quite a bit about delegating and doing whatever he can to surround himself with the smartest people possible when he was first hired, though, so we might see an outside hire.
All the best to Carraro as he moves forward. By all accounts he was a joy to work with.