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Magic Johnson | Forward

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (57) / 8/14/1959
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 220
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 1979 / Rd. 1 (1) / LAK

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Rob Pelinka has officially come on board to be the Lakers next general manager.
The Lakers reportedly struck a deal with Pelinka a couple weeks ago, but he needed to divest from his agency before things could become official. It'll be interesting to see if the Lakers' new front office duo of Magic Johnson and Pelinca are able to have more success at attracting free agents to the Los Angeles franchise. Mar 7 - 6:20 PM

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The Lakers are reportedly closing in on a multi-year deal with agent Rob Pelinka to install him as Los Angeles' next GM.

The agent-to-GM move worked out pretty well for the Warriors, so the Lakers will try and replicate that success by bringing in Pelinka, who is a well-respected agent around the league. He still needs to divest from his agency, so it could take a couple days before this thing becomes official.
Feb 21 - 6:51 PM

Longtime agent Rob Pelinka has reportedly emerged as a front-runner to become the Lakers' next GM.

Pelinka represented Kobe Bryant during his time in the league, and he has also represented guys like James Harden, Andre Iguodala and Andre Drummond to name a few. That being said, Pelinka is the president and CEO of Landmark Sports Agency, and for the Lakers to bring him on as their new GM he'd need to divest from his agency which is not a process that can happen overnight. As for the trade front with Magic in charge, he said he's already been in contact with five GMs and that he'll be handling the Lakers trade inquiries as the trade deadline approaches.
Feb 21 - 3:36 PM

The Lakers have named Earvin "Magic" Johnson President of Basketball Operations.

The team also announced that GM Mitch Kupchak has been relieved of his duties and that Jim Buss will no longer hold his role as Lakers Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. It's obviously a major shakeup within the Lakers organization. The press release quotes Jeanie Buss as declaring: "Our search for a new General Manager to work with Earvin and Coach Luke Walton is well underway and we hope to announce a new General Manager in short order."
Feb 21 - 1:26 PM

Magic Johnson wants Kobe Bryant to be a part of the Lakers' front office.

"First call I make if I’m in charge? Kobe Bryant," Johnson said Tuesday on ESPN’s "First Take." "Because Kobe understands winning. He understands, also, these players. So I would call, ‘What role you want? If you’ve got a day, just give me that day. I’ll take that. Whatever time he has, I want him to come and be a part of it." Johnson is currently serving in an advisory role with the Lakers, but there's been some speculation that he may take over as GM if Mitch Kupchak is fired.
Feb 15 - 1:06 PM

Magic Johnson said he believes the Lakers can turn things around in 3-5 years.

"It’s going to take three to five years to get them back rolling again," Johnson said. "If we’re patient and we develop our own players." Johnson now holds an advisory role with the Lakers, and some speculate that Magic's return to the front office could queue the end for GM Mitch Kupchak and executive VP Jim Buss' tenure with the franchise.
Feb 13 - 5:12 PM

Magic Johnson will no longer be listed in Lakers staff directory as an honorary vice president.

The team said that the change is to clarify any confusion over Johnson's representation with the team. The Hall of Famer has been a little more vocal about other teams on his Twitter account and other mediums, so that's the reasoning here.
Sun, Jun 12, 2016 12:03:00 AM

Magic Johnson now appears to be interested in buying the Los Angeles Clippers.

He said initially he wasn't interested, as they "already have an owner," but he seems to have changed his tune. "I will be owning an NBA team sometime," Johnson said Wednesday. "Is the Clippers the right situation? Of course. It’s one of the premiere franchises." Johnson would theoretically be part of an ownership group if it were to happen, and it looks like a great fit for both Magic and the team. Stay tuned.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 08:31:00 PM

Magic Johnson tweeted on Monday that he is not interested in buying the Clippers, contrary to a report from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

"To NBA Fans, I want to put a stop to a rumor. I am not trying to buy the Clippers, they already have an owner." Any number of things could have happened between Woj's report and Magic's tweet, but for whatever reason Magic is distancing himself from the report. Adam Silver is set to speak on the Donald Sterling issue on Tuesday.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 08:44:00 PM

Magic Johnson is reportedly interested in buying the Clippers from owner Donald Sterling.

Johnson said on Sunday that Sterling "shouldn't own a team" in the wake of the bombshell audio obtained by TMZ, and he may be planning to join Guggenheim Partners in a bid for the Clippers' franchise. In the meantime the NBA is expected to suspend Sterling prior to Wednesday's Game 5, though the length of his suspension and the amount of a potential fine have yet to be determined.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 09:12:00 AM

Magic Johnson will stay on as Lakers' vice president despite selling his minority ownership stake.

It was rumored he would be interested in purchasing a stake in the Pistons, though his comments suggest otherwise. "I haven’t considered that as a possible career move at all," said Magic. The most recent rumor has him interested in bringing a football team to L.A. Good luck.
Wed, Oct 20, 2010 08:59:00 PM

Magic Johnson sold his minority stake in the Lakers on Monday, possibly setting the table for a purchase of the Pistons.

Magic's business acumen is well chronicled, and it should be pointed out that the Michigan native has always invested in struggling economic areas, so the fact that Detroit is struggling actually fits with his M.O. Anything that could breathe life into the area is a good thing.
Source: AP
Mon, Oct 18, 2010 10:00:00 PM