Los Angeles Lakers trade rumors: Magic Johnson offers to help in free agent market

NBA Hall-of-Famer wants to see his former side back on top in the West. He is one of the most...

NBA Hall-of-Famer wants to see his former side back on top in the West.

He is one of the most famous players to ever tread the hardwood in Los Angeles.

And now he is willing to try and help the Lakers get back to the top of the best basketball league in the world, offering to act as a go-between for possible trade or free agent targets.

However, Magic Johnson said he cannot do it all on his own and urged the hierarchy at the Lakers to sort out how they are going to turn around a team that in real danger of finishing last in the Western Conference this year and flirting with their lowest wins in a regular season at just 19 in 1957-58.

I’ve been in a lot of different things with the Lakers, but it’s up to them — Jim, Mitch, Coach D’Antoni — to decide who they want,” Johnson said.

“Once they make their decision, they say, ‘Hey, Earvin, can you put in a call to so-and-so?’”

The first move the team should make, according to Johnson, is trade forward/centre Pau Gasol while the 33-year-old is still worth something on the trading block.

Once they have cleared him off the books he is willing to go to work to see the purple and gold slowly build again.

“I’ve done that in the past,” Johnson told reporters. “I told Mitch Kupchak that last week. First they have to make up their mind on who they want, and then they tell me, just like I recruited Ron Artest, I talked to Lamar Odom.”

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