The Los Angeles Lakers are heading into yet another offseason with eyes toward being major players in the free agency market with eyes on landing a marquee player to add to the mix.
This has become a norm for the franchise over the last several offseason where there is hope that top-tier talent will land with the team via free agency. Team president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has voiced on Tuesday that if he can’t make some big splash moves over the next two summers he will step down from his position, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.
“You have to give us time,” Johnson continued. “… Like I told you before I took the job and when I took the job, it’s going to be a two-summer thing for the Lakers. This summer and next summer. That’s it. If I can’t deliver I’m going to step down myself. She [team controlling owner Jeanie Buss] won’t have to fire me, I’ll step away from it, because [then] I can’t do this job.”
This has placed a greater importance on how the team fares over the next two offseasons with Johnson putting the pressure on himself to follow through with some major hauls in free agency. These comments from him came forward without any egging on from reports about his job security as it gives some possible insight into the current situation in Los Angeles.
What it may suggest is that Johnson is confident or already has a sense that the Lakers will land a superstar or two in free agency this summer. The team is believed to be the frontrunners to land both LeBron James and Paul George, who are both anticipated to opt out of their current deals.
At the same time, it lessens the possible push back publicly from fans and critics if the front office strikes out once again in free agency for another year. It’s hard to believe that Johnson would put this type of timetable on himself if it was the latter of the two possible scenarios. Nonetheless, it’s clear that he is more than confident that the franchise will finally breakthrough in free agency.
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