Jeanie Buss still has total faith in Magic Johnson, Rob Pelinka
The 2018-19 campaign may have been a disaster for the Los Angeles Lakers even after signing LeBron James last summer, but Lakers owner Jeanie Buss still has total faith in Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka, according to Bill Oram of The Athletic.
With just one game remaining this season, the Lakers currently own a record of 37-44 and will miss the playoffs for the sixth straight year.
This is not how things were supposed to unfold.
When Los Angeles landed James last July, the general consensus was that the Lakers would end up nabbing another big fish along with him.
Most felt that Paul George would sign with the Lakers, but he opted to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Los Angeles then attempted to trade for Kawhi Leonard, but the San Antonio Spurs sent him to the Toronto Raptors. Johnson and Pelinka then tried to acquire Anthony Davis in a midseason trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, but were rebuffed.
Going into this summer, the Lakers don’t seem to be in a great position, as the current chatter is that big-name free agents like Leonard and Kawhi Leonard simply don’t want to play with LeBron James, and it doesn’t seem like the Pelicans are willing to deal Davis there.
Based on how everything is gone and the empty promises that Johnson has made, you have to wonder for just how long Buss will continue to put her trust in the duo of Johnson and Pelinka, especially with James turning 35 years old next December.