How the Lakers should replace Magic Johnson

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Magic Johnson's stunning announcement Tuesday night that he is stepping down barely two years after taking over the Los Angeles Lakers' front office leaves the team in need of new leadership at a crucial point in the organization's future.

After missing the playoffs in LeBron James' first season in L.A., the Lakers must decide how aggressively to continue pursuing a trade for Anthony Davis as well as what to do if they're unable to get him.

What kind of leader is best equipped to help the Lakers navigate these tricky waters and build a contending team around LeBron? Let's take a look at the requirements for filling Magic's job as president of basketball operations.