LeBron James reportedly stunned by Magic Johnson's departure from the Lakers

Magic Johnson cites Westbrook as he shockingly resigns from the Lakers

Buss, General Manager Rob Pelinka and Coach Luke Walton all skipped the Lakers' customary exit interviews on the morning after their season ended, instead leaving it to their players to characterize yet another freaky year in Lakerland. "Serena Williams called me a week ago and said, 'Will you mentor me and be on my advisory board?' And I said, 'Yeah, I'm going to do that'". Raptors coach Nick Nurse lauded Ross for his ability to hit tough shots while being well-covered and you can be certain Ross will be out to beat up his former teammates.

Another said: "Durant won't be joining the Lakers".

These three would go on to form the core of what would become known as "Lob City". As good of a story as they are, they are not going to beat the Raptors if Leonard plays like he has time and again in playoff runs with the Spurs. "I'm looking forward to it".

The summer of 2018 brought what many believed would be a reversal of fortunes. Walton has been on the hot seat since the Lakers record cratered after LeBron James injured his groin on Christmas Day. The Hornets need a win and Pistons loss, and considering they come in with four wins in a row and this is a National TV game, they will come prepared.

The Lakers would go back to being amongst the NBA's elite, while the Clippers would slide back into obscurity. They are in fact still in the mix, and this game on ESPN tonight is a must-win for them.

Someone forgot to tell the Clippers that they were supposed to be bad.

It did not help matters that Brooklyn Nets All-Star D'Angelo Russell and New Orleans Pelicans big man Julius Randle were having career years with their new teams after they were just on the Lakers a season ago. Saunders reportedly will receive a three-year deal with a team option on the final season.

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If it can pull off even one of those moves, the Lakers will be much better positioned to contend next season. He missed the next 17 games and the team never recovered.

While the Lakers decide what to do with the head coach, it seems other teams are interested in him. If he's able to get his like he has for the majority of the season, and especially in the last few weeks, then the Magic's second unit will cause some problems for the Raptors.

The No. 2-seeded Raptors (58-24) went 2-2 against the Magic this season, splitting the contests in both venues. Embiid sat out Wednesday's regular season finale against Chicago, his fifth absence in seven games. Not quite the outcome the Lakers expected when the season began. After six straight seasons of lottery-picks, tanking, and a whole lot of losing, the Orlando is happy just to make the final sixteen. Additionally, several players have one-year contracts that will expire.

Johnson's terrible announcement came before the Lakers' regular-season finale, in which they lost to the Portland Trail Blazers, a 104-101.

The Los Angeles Clippers have a far different outlook.

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan used to share the leadership load for the Toronto Raptors in the playoffs. It's making your team be the best out there and winning games. If they fall short in their quest, it won't be for lack of effort.

Buss' ex-fiancee, longtime Lakers coach Phil Jackson, also is likely a phone call away - but even putting aside Jackson's cataclysmic tenure as an executive in NY, that might be too much organizational drama for even the Lakers to withstand.

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