Magic Johnson sets deadline to turn Lakers around

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Lakers basketball operations president Magic Johnson (Getty Images)

Magic Johnson is on the clock.

The Lakers president of basketball operations on Tuesday said there’s “no pressure” to bring stars to Los Angeles during free agency.

Furthermore, Johnson said he is willing to put his job on the line and leave the organization if the Lakers don’t improve after giving himself a deadline of two summers to turn the team around.

“If I can’t deliver, I’m going to step down myself, she (Lakers president Jeanie Buss) don’t have to fire me, I’ll step away from it,” Johnson said.

The Lakers are rumored to be a potential destination for Cavaliers star LeBron James should he opt out of his contract with Cleveland by Friday’s deadline. Spurs star Kawhi Leonard has also be mentioned in numerous trade talks involving Los Angeles.

After finishing the 2016-17 season with a 26-56 record, the Lakers improved to 35-47 last season. Still, the team hasn’t reached the playoffs since the 2012-13 season.