Lakers Won’t Hire Replacement For Magic Johnson

The Lakers will not hire a president of basketball operations to replace Magic Johnson, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne tweets.

GM Rob Pelinka will remain in his role and report directly to ownership, Shelburne adds. Pelinka had previously reported to Johnson.

Johnson stunned the franchise by resigning from his position last month without giving anyone in the organization prior notice. A report from ESPN earlier this week revealed that owner Jeanie BussPelinka, senior basketball adviser Kurt Rambis, and executive director for special projects Linda Rambis “operate as a group on basketball decisions.”

The Lakers just hired Frank Vogel as their new head coach after negotiations to bring in former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue fell apart.

With Pelinka’s power seemingly growing, the pressure will be on the former agent to deliver stars via trades or free agency to play alongside LeBron James. The Lakers had good luck in the lottery earlier this week, moving up to the No. 4 pick.

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22 thoughts on “Lakers Won’t Hire Replacement For Magic Johnson

  1. wright0525

    The Lakers are being ran like a mom and pop grocery store. Time for the Buss family to sell!!

    • Equinsu Ocha

      couldn’t agree more. the game has changed. the Buss’ havent. they’ve allowed themselves to be left behind. Jeannie Buss is solely to blame at this point

      • And we thought Jim buss was bad! She put us as probably one of the worst team in the NBA!!

  2. hiflew

    When you are not replaced in your job, it basically should show you just how useless you actually were during your employment.

    • x%sure

      That’s a good starting point. WAS will want more but Lakers won’t move nonBrons until AD is resolved.

  3. cba93

    Sign Tobias Harris and brook Lopez or vuvevic and let Bron set them up all year. The rest will figure it’s self out but Ariza would be a nice addition in an iggy 6th man role

    • jeremy

      Why would Brook go back when they didn’t want him back after last season

  4. If Pelinka is staying, then this actually makes sense. For this coming year. Can they really find a new guy to run BB operations in time for the draft or summer FA, when he’ll have to figure out who else is in charge of what else.

  5. Meadowlark

    Tyreke Evans would be a perfect fit. “Perfect” is such a fuzzy word, huh?

  6. OCTraveler

    No reason to “hire” anybody – LeBron has probably already moved into the empty office.

    • Yep it is

      No joke he will grace us with several of his stupid quotes nightly. Who cares BRON BRON

  7. holaamigos

    It’s resigning btw. Re-signing implies he agreed to come back to the Lakers

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