In Magic Johnson We Trust
Magic Johnson, from championship player legend to President of Lakers Basketball Operations, has in a matter of months spurred hope that the Lakers franchise can once again recreate its championship streaks.
Now that free agency for the NBA’s 2017–2018 season is underway, reports of the Lakers wanting to conserve cap space for 2018 and plans to offer one-year deals have involved Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka in a slew of rumors.
Current reports state the Lakers are pursuing guard Rajon Rondo. This comes after a reported failed deal for guard George Hill who accepted a three-year, $57 million contract with the Sacramento Kings.
Since assuming the role back in February, Johnson has made the following notable changes to the roster.
Feb. 23 — Acquired guard Corey Brewer and 2017 first round pick (28th pick) in trade with Houston in exchange for guard Lou Williams
Feb. 23 — Acquired guard Tyler Ennis in trade with Houston
Feb. 27 — Waived guard Jose Calderon
Mar. 21 — Signed guard David Nwaba to a multi-year contract
June 21 — Announced guard Nick Young declined his contract option, making him an unrestricted free agent
June 22 — Acquired guard Lonzo Ball (2nd pick)
June 22 — Acquired center Brook Lopez, forward Kyle Kuzma (27th pick) in trade with Brooklyn in exchange for center Timofey Mozgov and guard D’Angelo Russell
June 22 — Acquired guard Josh Hart (30th pick) and center Thomas Bryant (42nd pick) from the Utah Jazz in exchange for forward Tony Bradley (28th pick)
June 28 — Exercised their team option on guard David Nwaba for the 2017–18 season
July 1 — Waived center Tarik Black
See below for a full visual on how Johnson has affected the Lakers lineup for the 2017–2018 season so far.
LAKERS LINEUP 2017–2018
LAKERS LINEUP 2016–2017
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