Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson says if he's unable to attract big time free agents to the franchise, he will step down from his post.
The Lakers are expected to pursue LeBron James and Paul George this summer. San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has requested a trade and has made it known he wants to play for the Lakers.
"It's going to be a two summer thing for the Lakers," Johnson said Tuesday. "This summer and next summer. That’s it. If I fail, I shouldn’t be in this position. If I can’t deliver, I’m going to step down myself. She [Jeanie Buss] won’t have to fire me. I’ll step away from it because I can’t do this job."
The Lakers have the cap space to sign two max contract players this offseason. They reached out to the Spurs already to discuss a trade for Leonard, but were reportedly rebuffed by San Antonio's front office.
Johnson says he doesn't feel any pressure to deliver on his promise.
"I'm Magic Johnson," said Johnson. "You know how many Finals I’ve been in? So you think I'm worried about this? I played against Larry Bird in the Finals. I played in nine Finals."