Tuesday former Lakers great and current President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson gave himself a two summer window to get the job done in L.A. In response to questions about NBA free agents coming to Los Angeles this summer Magic explained, "If I can't deliver, I'm going to step down myself". Johnson and Pelinka are armed with a load of cap space, a promising young core that includes Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma and the glitzy history of one of the biggest brands in sports to sell to stars like James. "Coach Luke Walton has defined what it is to be Lakers basketball going forward and the style that we play".
"We don't know what people are going to decide, and we can't control that".
With Paul George and potentially LeBron James headlining the market this summer, Johnson is leading the Lakers' efforts to land both players this weekend. "Because then I can't do this job". So you think I am anxious about this?
This isn't the only time Johnson has made a bold proclamation lately, not with his telling Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times he would resign if the team keeps missing the playoffs.
"If we don't sign who we think we can we'll turn our attention to next summer". I have played against Larry Bird in the Finals.
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"I'm Magic Johnson, " he said with his ubiquitous smile. I've been to nine Finals. I'm excited. It's fun.
Johnson and Pelinka also brought in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as a free agent last summer and traded for Brook Lopez and Isaiah Thomas in the hopes of adding veteran talent.
Johnson said he is prepared to fly anywhere at a moment's notice once free agency begins to meet with free agents.
Jim Buss made a similar promise to step down if the Lakers weren't contending for at least the Conference Finals within three or four years.
"I'm going to stay disciplined and patient", Johnson said.