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Former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose says Magic Johnson likely stepped down from his role as Los Angeles Lakers president perhaps because Johnson was aware the team is unlikely to sign any of the league’s top free agents this offseason.
The Lakers’ plan is to team LeBron James with another star, but as Rose indicated, that star may never come. Top players expected to enter free agency this summer include Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors) and Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics), “the Four K’s,” according to Rose.
On top of all that, the Pelicans reportedly intend to remain steadfast in not trading star big man Anthony Davis to the LA.
Rose was speaking to Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman on the ESPN program First Take. He suggested Johnson “wasn’t able to finish the job” in landing a star to complement James and Johnson promised to step aside if that was the case.
Watch the entire conversation in the video below.