Well, that didn’t take long. Magic Johnson just became President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Lakers today and already he is making big moves. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Johnson has traded away the team’s leading scorer to the Houston Rockets:
The Rockets are sending Corey Brewer and a first-round pick to the Lakers for Lou Williams, league source tells @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 22, 2017
Clearly, Johnson is not messing around. Johnson, who won five NBA championships with the Lakers in his playing days, is evidently sending a message to the fans, and to the team, that a change has arrived. It’s a bold move, as it is not very often a team President trades away one of his best players on his first day on the job.
Lou Williams was averaging a team-leading 18.6 points to go along with 3.2 assists per game. James Harden and the third place Rockets are getting a major boost in scoring with this deal. Meanwhile, the Lakers are receiving Corey Brewer and a first round draft pick, which will help Johnson and company start planning for the future