Whether this summer or next, Lakers believe they will build a contender

“We are going to find success one way or another,” Pelinka said Friday. “It is not going to be contingent on any specific decision of another player.”

“We don’t have to sign anybody this summer because we already said that if we don’t feel that we can get somebody in ’18, then we will turn to ’19,” Johnson said Friday. “So we feel really good about where we are. I feel really good about the direction of this franchise.

“And last but not least, I feel really good about Rob and I, getting somebody in a room and talking to them about coming and playing for the Lakers.”