Luke Walton and Magic Johnson haven't spoken in weeks

Magic Johnson is leaving the Los Angeles Lakers

"I didn't have a reaction, I didn't know if it was true or not", he said of Johnson's departure. "I had more fun on the other side".

Johnson sent shockwaves through the Lakers franchise Tuesday night when, in a teary-eyed announcement before the team's season finale, he announced his "difficult decision". The Lakers failed to make the playoffs in their first season with LeBron James. He drew the wrath of the National Basketball Association league office, which fined him $500,000 for tampering with Paul George in 2017 and $50,000 for tampering with Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2018.

With the season coming to an end for the Los Angeles Lakers, there are going to be a ton of Lakers rumors this offseason.

Johnson's sudden decision ends another chapter in the remarkable life of the star point guard from Lansing, Michigan, who won an NCAA championship at Michigan State before claiming five National Basketball Association titles and three league MVP awards during his 12-year playing career as the leader of the Showtime Lakers.




Since taking over as president of the Lakers, Magic Johnson never fully committed to the job. The team is also considered a strong landing spot for New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis. Both the Clippers and Lakers are in position to add a superstar (or two) this summer with notable players like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler all available. Joining Johnson was General Manager Rob Pelinka, a former player agent best known for representing Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.

Johnson was asked if he would like to see Walton remain the team's head coach.

Walton would have been replaced during the year had Johnson had his way, but Buss was reluctant to make the change until the season had concluded, according to Haynes.

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