Lakers won’t hire a replacement for Magic

Rob Pelinka will remain the Lakers' top basketball decision-maker and the team will not replace Magic Johnson.

The Los Angeles Lakers will not hire a replacement for former president of basketball operations Magic Johnson, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

Rob Pelinka will remain in his role as general manager and will report directly to owner Jeanie Buss. Previously, Pelinka reported to Johnson.

Johnson shocked the basketball world by stepping down on the night the Lakers concluded their first season with LeBron James in their colors when they hosted the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center.

Buss issued a statement saying the Lakers would “work in a measured and methodical fashion to make the right moves for the future of our organization.”

Shelburne reports Buss has decided Pelinka will be her top decision-maker, with Kurt Rambis continuing to serve as a special advisor.

“My role as the GM right now is the same as it was when we selected Lonzo Ball with the second pick, which is our last high pick,” Pelinka said earlier this week after being asked if his responsibilities and role have changed since Johnson’s resignation. “My role hasn’t changed since then.”