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Magic Johnson’s strong declaration after Lakers’ Marc Gasol addition

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The recent acquisition for the Los Angeles Lakers of veteran center Marc Gasol caught the attention of the entire league, including its former president of basketball operations in Magic Johnson. He took to Twitter to express his excitement as he readily claimed that the Lakers’ roster will fit the bill of becoming a championship team once again heading into the 2020-2021 NBA season.

Johnson also shared to his followers that the arrival of Gasol to the Lakers will mark a full-circle in his career as he returns to the team that originally selected him with the 48th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

After the draft proceedings, the Spanish big man was eventually traded from the Lakers to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for his older brother Pau. He would go on and build his legacy in Tennessee where he primarily played with Mike Conley and Tony Allen for several seasons.

His Grizzlies squad eventually made several postseason appearances with their most successful trip occurring in the 2012-2013 NBA Playoffs where they reached the Western Conference Finals only to lose to the San Antonio Spurs in a series sweep. Gasol was also hailed as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in the same season.

An 11-year stint in Memphis came to an end in February of 2019 when the Grizzlies sought a different direction and started a rebuild. He was eventually traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for C. J. Miles, Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, and a 2024 second-round draft pick.

He immediately became valuable to the Raptors as he played a major role in the team’s successful championship run in the 2019 NBA Playoffs where they won in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in six games.

After a failed bid to defend their title in the 2020 NBA Playoffs, Gasol sought greener pastures and aimed to help another championship-caliber team in the Los Angeles Lakers.

The validation coming from the legendary Magic Johnson serves as an encouraging sign for the Purple and Gold as they aim to snag a league-best 18th championship title next season.