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Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

It always seemed somewhat surreal that Lakers' president and co-owner Jeanie Buss could one day fire very own her brother, Jim, from his position as the team's executive vice president of basketball operations, but because of the team's historic slide that has indeed come to pass.

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne

As for Kobe's role? I'm told he's happy doing what he's doing. But obviously will be available to the Lakers whenever they need him

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Kobe Bryant could be returning to the Lakers organization if Magic Johnson's recent comments are any indication. es.pn/2m55ixw

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

In addition to Rob Pelinka -- agent for James Harden and Kobe Bryant -- longtime agent Arn Tellem is also said to be on the Lakers' radar.

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Lakers entered December with a 10-10 record, but since then they have a 9-29 record (.237 win percentage), the second-worst in the NBA behind the Nets.

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Lakers missed the playoffs in each of the previous 3 seasons, the longest streak in franchise history. The Lakers' .276 win percentage over the past 4 seasons is the 2nd-lowest in the NBA over that span (76ers - .225).

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Los Angeles Lakers have named Magic Johnson as President of Basketball Operations. Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss are relieved of their duties.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

The price on Brook Lopez has dropped, league sources say. Instead of two first-rounders, word is Brooklyn would accept a first and a second.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Global launch of Paul George's 1st signature shoe will be March 4 with this colorway ($110)