Lakers News: Magic Johnson ‘Not Expected’ To Help Recruit Free Agents Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="156"] One of the biggest assets the Los Angeles Lakers have had over the past few decades is the ability to call upon the former face of th [new_royalslider id="156"] One of the biggest assets the Los Angeles Lakers have had over the past few decades is the ability to call upon the former face of th Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Magic Johnson ‘Not Expected’ To Help Recruit Free Agents

One of the biggest assets the Los Angeles Lakers have had over the past few decades is the ability to call upon the former face of the franchise to help bring in players. Magic Johnson not only helped the Lakers win five titles during his playing days, but stuck around to give Dr. Jerry Buss a helping hand in the recruiting process.

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Unfortunately, Magic likely won’t be making any calls or having any meetings with big-name free agents this time around. According to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News, Magic isn’t expected to lend a helping hand in getting LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony to Los Angeles:

Unlike his playing days in which he made dazzling passes and clutch shots, Magic Johnson is not expected to assist the Lakers in their latest quest to return to championship contention.

Although Magic did hint at providing a helping hand to the franchise in free agency, Magic is currently on vacation and won’t be available for meetings with LeBron or Anyhony via Medina:

Johnson suggested earlier this year he would like to help the Lakers in recruiting potential free agents. But Johnson, who is part of the ownership group that owns the Dodgers, is currently on vacation in Italy and will likely return in a couple of weeks, said a source familiar with Johnson’s itinerary. Because of that schedule, Johnson would not be around for any of the Lakers’ potential meetings with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

Even with Magic helping pitch the two superstars to sign with Los Angeles, the Lakers landing either of the two free agents would be a stretch. Signing Anthony isn’t out of the realm of possibility, but he’ll definitely have more intriguing win-now opportunities around the league.

It may be hard to rule out possibilities for the Lakers in free agency considering the team’s history of landing big-name players and winning titles, but this summer’s campaign will be more difficult than most. The Lakers only have a handful of players on the roster for next season and an aging Kobe Bryant with many questions surrounding how much he may have left in the tank.

Although Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss will go “all-out” in free agency if the opportunities are there for the taking, it remains to be seen if the Lakers will be able to sign a game-changer.
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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lets get some verbal commitments tonight.Recruiting has started hot and heavy!

    • Nick

      My guy instinct tells me the lakers will get carmello Anthony. I just have this feeling that if it were about only money he would have resigned with the Knicks. If it were about taking a year to rebuild and then make a run, again opt in and then become a free agent next year to allow New York the freedom to sign kevin love and possible rajon rondo. But he didn’t do those things. Therefore I believe he’s only thinking about two things rings plus his overall brand. If he goes to Houston he would be going after rings but he woulfnt be expanding his brand at all. If he goes to the bulls. I believe it wouldn’t expand his brand. It would be the same as going to Houston. So that leaves LA. Los Angeles is the second biggest nba market. However it is in some ways bigger then New York. Globally I would consider LA maybe a little bigger then New York. So his brand would continue to grow as if he would have stayed in New York. The question is can Los Angeles win a title. Yes they can. All the teams in the west are really good but are not invinceable. You pair kobe gasol Anthony and randle. Pair that let’s say against the clippers. Who is going to guard Anthony. Matt Barnes, he would destroy Matt. On the low post I believe that randle and gasol maybe could be even with de Andre jordon and Blake. We’ll that leaves kobe and Jj reddick. Kobe obviously is better and now u come to the big question. Lakers don’t have an answer yet about guards. And that is the only question if I was Anthony towards the lakers. I understand that we can dominate by posting up kobe myself randle and gasol if he resigns. I understand that we gave a lot of fire power on the field already but how are we going to reduce opponents guard play on the defensive end. That is why the lakers should before they Speke with Anthony or lebron address there starting guard. That will allow u to say to them . Look what we can do. We have this and this and this if u sign then we can resign gasol because of his bird rights and have a great team on the floor.

  • Hector

    It was the worst season in Lakers history last year and we have the most cap space we have ever had come on Mitch and Jim lets get on the ball and do a sales pitch to a superstar free agent.Hurry pronto hurry sign someone great fast.

    • comrade24

      The worst mistake he could make would be going to Houston. That team is seriously going nowhere, even with Anthony. Harden is a dissapearing act in the only games that ever matter, and Dwight is an offensive liability.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Mike Bresnahan @Mike_Bresnahan · 14m
    Free agency has officially started. Right about now, Lakers are calling reps for LeBron James + Carmelo Anthony, trying to set up meetings.

  • Marcos

    Well the Lakers FO has stiff competition everywhere in free agency.Lets get em.

  • LakersHeatBeef


    Quote:There’s another big fish the Lakers are interested in according to @Chris_Broussard: Chris Bosh.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    @chadfordinsider Lakers interested in Meeting with Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas both are restricted

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Please disregard the Chad Ford Bledsoe,Thomas tweet it’s not legit.

  • Luis

    Damn lets get a player shit what’s with it?Lets get on that call hurry up.Run the ass to the pen and sign a agreement with the Lakers free agents.

  • Myron

    We have so many roster spots to fill out we need free agents to agree top guys.

  • roseducanna

    Last year LAKERS FO interest this one and that one players, but last one get nothing.I don’t know this year what they do. Like coach ,if they don’t choose HOLLINS is not better than.

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