"My role as the GM right now is the same as it was when we selected Lonzo Ball with the second pick, which is our last high pick," Pelinka said earlier this week when asked if his responsibilities and role have changed since Johnson stepped down. "My role hasn't changed since then.”
...which is literally impossible given the changes around him, unless by that he means ‘I’ll let others make the pick, and then I’ll call in the pick to Adam Silver.’
Either his role and authority has grown, or Magic has been replaced by Jeannie/Phil/Kurt/Linda/whomever. If the first is true then so be it. I don’t think it’s smart but the second scenario is even worse (I think?) Worst than everything is simply the lack of clarity. You can say they know what they’re doing behind the scenes, but if they did they wouldn’t seem so disorganized publicly. Every lie contains 80% truth.
I think if you straight asked them ‘Who made the final call on hiring Vogel?’, you wouldn’t get a straight answer out of any of them.