Lakers won’t replace Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations, per report

The Los Angeles Lakers moved on from Magic Johnson and now have eliminated the position he once held.

The team will not replace Johnson as president of basketball operations, according to ESPN.

Instead, general manager Rob Pelinka will report directly to team owner Jeanie Buss.

The announcement comes as another odd wrinkle in the Lakers' front office upheaval, which began when Johnson abruptly announced his departure April 9, just before the Lakers' final regular-season home game. The news was shocking and surprised even LeBron James, whom Johnson had helped woo to L.A. and had met with just days before.

Next came the public missteps after parting ways with coach Luke Walton. It appeared the team was near an agreement with Ty Lue, who coached James to an NBA title in Cleveland. But those talks broke down — either over the terms of the contract, the choices for assistant coach or both, depending on which side's explanation you read.

Just days later, Frank Vogel was tapped as the new head coach, with Jason Kidd — who also brings head coaching experience to the table — brought in as an assistant.

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