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Can Magic make better draftees appear?

Much of Earvin Johnson's challenge will begin to take shape in four months, when the next NBA draft takes place. Consider the numbers for recent top picks made by the Lakers' previous regime.

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Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Lakers head coach Luke Walton agrees with new president of basketball operations Magic Johnson that he would like to retain all of the Lakers' young core, but he's hesitant to use the word "untouchable" in case the right deal comes along (Walton used Steph Curry hypothetically being put on the trade market as an example).

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Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Lakers head coach Luke Walton said new president of basketball operations Magic Johnson met with the team before practice today to introduce himself and give them a brief message.

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Magic: "Es un sueño hecho realidad"

Antes criticó como mito desencantado por la incapacidad de clasificar a los playoffs en los tres últimos años, ahora tomará decisiones como presidente de las decisiones deportivas.

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Doc Rivers says Chris Paul (torn left thumb ligament) has been medically cleared to play and could return tomorrow night against the Warriors, depending on how Paul feels. Paul's initial timetable to return was six to eight weeks, meaning a return tomorrow would be early (just after the five-week mark).

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

Kevin Garnett and Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell are playing 1-on-1 before practice. Garnett hit a jumper over Cassell and yelled, "I want a 10-day!"

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Kevin Garnett talking trash as Mike Woodson takes on Sam Cassell one on one.

Jovan Buha ESPN Editor 

DeAndre Jordan shooting with Kevin Garnett today before Clippers practice.

ESPN Stats & Info

The kids aren't alright in Tinseltown

The Lakers have had four first-round draft picks since 2014, including three top-10 selections. And yet, none of them are cracking even the top 100 in player efficiency rating this season. (ESPN Stats & Info)