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Lakers free agency news: Magic Johnson offers assistance

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As the Los Angeles Lakers continue to trek through their difficult 2013-14 season, former Laker great Magic Johnson on Wednesday offered a lending a hand if needed to help the team get back on track to having championship parades down Figueroa blvd. once again.

Johnson has made it known in the past that he would do whatever it takes to help the franchise that he won five NBA titles as a player, but also stated this week that his contributions to the team ultimately lies in the hands of part owner Jim Buss, general manager Mitch Kupchak, and head coach Mike D’Antoni.

“I’ve been in a lot of different things with the Lakers, but it’s up to them — Jim, Mitch, Coach D’Antoni — to decide who they want,” Johnson told reporters, according to the Los Angeles Times, on Wednesday. “Once they make their decision, they say, ‘Hey, Earvin, can you put in a call to so-and-so?’”

Over the past couple of seasons, Johnson has been very critical of the Lakers’ management, in particular Jim Buss, as he has stated on many occasion that Buss is unwilling to receive help and Johnson blames him for much of the organization’s lack of success since his father, Jerry Buss, passed away last year.

But Johnson has appeared to put his personal opinions about Jim aside, and is now willing to help the team this upcoming offseason in the free agency process by trying to recruit players over to the Lakers.

“I’ve done that in the past,” Johnson told reporters. “I told Mitch Kupchak that last week. First they have to make up their mind on who they want, and then they tell me, just like I recruited Ron Artest, I talked to Lamar Odom.”

Although Johnson disagrees with much of what the Lakers’ front office has handled things over the past few years, he wants nothing more than for the team to hoist another Larry O’Brien trophy.

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia is a sports journalist from Southern California. He was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.