Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Magic Johnson says Lonzo Ball will be starting point guard

Magic Johnson says Lonzo Ball will be starting point guard

We have to take another step, right? "So this move allows us to position ourselves to hopefully take that next step", said Johnson, a former five-time National Basketball Association champion and three-time Finals MVP. During Thursday's NBA Trade Deadline, the Lakers traded Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance open up almost US$15 million (AU$19 million) in cap space.

Since a lot of history, glitz, and glamour surrounds the Los Angeles Lakers, the current Lakers roster will need a good veteran player that can keep calm and lead this team. "You talked to him".

Johnson and Pelinka made it clear that Thomas will play for the Lakers and that management can see him mentoring and playing alongside rookie point guard Lonzo Ball.

There was much speculation about what exactly would be done with Thomas and Lonzo Ball and how the Lakers would handle the situation.

That contrast in styles could work well for them on the court, as Johnson and Pelinka noted-Thomas, the free-wheeling scorer; Ball, the pass-first facilitator to feed him. "Said his father was born and raised in Inglewood, so he's really excited". We need a point guard. We told him that.

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"It's not about starting, it's about how many minutes you get", Johnson added. The Lakers wanted to shed Clarkson's remaining two years on his four-year, $50 million contract.

Shortly after the deal, Thomas' agent Aaron Goodwin texted ESPN's Rachel Nichols that his client "IS NOT COMING OFF THE BENCH", leading Nichols to suggest Thomas could seek a buyout if Lakers coach Luke Walton sought to use him off the bench. Thomas ($6.3 million) and Frye ($7.4 million) are on expiring contracts.

Couple that with the cap space they are sure to have, and everything is looking up for the Lakers.

IT was terrific in Boston last season and if he can be the player he used to be, then LA will be reaching new heights in the near future. So the flexibility is really incredible.

The Lakers were also thrilled to acquire a first-round pick after not having one in the upcoming draft because of a 2012 trade for Steve Nash. IT can grow along with Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, and Ball.

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