Lakers not planning to replace position vacated by Magic

Former Lakers president Magic Johnson, left, addresses the media with current GM Rob Pelinka.

The Los Angeles Lakers do not intend to replace the team president position vacated by Magic Johnson on the final night of the regular season, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Johnson stepped down after saying he no longer enjoyed the job. Team owner Jeannie Buss and general manager Rob Pelinka have been handling the search for a new coach — and apparently, they will do it without another high-ranking individual in the front office.

Pelinka is now likely to make the final decisions on the roster as well.

As for a new coach, the Lakers have already interviewed former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue and Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams. They are expected to meet with Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard on Tuesday. Pelinka and Howard played college ball together at Michigan.

Both Lue and Williams have been scheduled for second interviews, per multiple reports.