Magic Johnson Looks Forward to Lakers' Future

Magic Johnson Looks Forward to Lakers' Future

Magic Johnson Looks Forward to Lakers' Future

"We can't wait to get him here", said [Rob] Pelinka, the Lakers' general manager. That's just the bottom line. "I don't want to stay where we are". I don't want to be on the outside of the playoffs looking in.

Thomas has a winning mentality and that is something that should really help Ball take another step forward in his development. Johnson also stressed the importance of having a veteran player who could mentor [Lonzo] Ball.

While explaining his decision to trade Clarkson and Nance, Johnson said the team plans to be contending for titles by next season. "You talked to him".

That contrast in styles could work well for them on the court, as Johnson and Pelinka noted-Thomas, the free-wheeling scorer; Ball, the pass-first facilitator to feed him.

Prior to this swap, the closest the Lakers had to a veteran point guard for Zo to learn from was Tyler Ennis, a 23-year-old backup who's recently been surpassed on head coach Luke Walton's depth chart by rookies Josh Hart and Alex Caruso. "All those things, we didn't have anybody to teach Lonzo anything, and hopefully IT can come in and do that".

"It's not about starting, it's about how many minutes you get", Johnson added.

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"If you break it down and study the cap, we feel like we are the most strongly situated franchise in the National Basketball Association in terms of where our cap stands".

The Lakers could potentially clear as much as US$70 million (AU$89 million) in cap space entering the NBA Free Agency 2018 period. Thomas ($6.3 million) and Frye ($7.4 million) are on expiring contracts. He was terrible in Cleveland as he returned from a hip injury, and the Lakers' season will end months before the Cavs'.

IT was terrific in Boston last season and if he can be the player he used to be, then LA will be reaching new heights in the near future.

"If you break it down and study the cap, we feel like we're the most strongly situated franchise in the National Basketball Association in terms of where our cap stands". Not to mention, Cleveland would also throw in a first-round pick.

But it is all about bringing superstars back to Los Angeles, which is what Johnson is charged with doing and why he is leading the rebuild of one of the NBA's most storied franchises.

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