According to the Associated Press, The Los Angeles Lakers fired general manager Mitch Kupchak on Tuesday and put Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations.
Lakers owner Jeanie Buss also removed her brother, Jim, from his job as the Lakers’ executive vice president of basketball operations.
Buss has promoted Johnson, Hall of Fame point guard, who returned to the franchise earlier this year in an executive role.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 21, 2017
This move comes just two days before the NBA trade deadline. See statement from Jeanie Buss below.
“Our search for a new general manager to work with Earvin and coach Luke Walton is well underway, and we hope to announce a new general manager in short order,” Jeanie Buss added. “Together, Earvin, Luke and our new general manager will establish the foundation for the next generation of Los Angeles Lakers greatness.”