Tue Aug 17 08:40am EDT
Magic Johnson wants a large piece of an NBA franchise or at the very least the chance to run a front office, but that won't be happening for him with the Los Angeles Lakers anytime soon, NBA.com reports.
So it is inevitable that Johnson will split from Laker Land, and that comes from Johnson himself with corroboration from owner Jerry Buss, the site reports.
"I'll still be a Laker forever," Johnson told NBA.com. "If there's a chance for me to go run a team, if I felt that's what I wanted to do, would I take it? Yeah, if the right situation came. I know one day that's gonna probably happen. I love being with Dr. Buss and the Buss family and working with them, but I know one day something is going to happen. I can definitely see me not being with the Lakers, yeah."
The site notes that Johnson is believed to own about 5 percent of the Lakers, and does work with the personnel and marketing departments. Last week, he expressed interest in being a part owner and front-office worker for the Detroit Pistons, which would mark a return to his home state, the site reports.
"I think he would always have a temptation to run the show," Jerry Buss told the site. "He's a pretty aggressive guy. On the other hand, he loves the Lakers. It's such a hard decision for him. I don't know which way that's going to go."
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