Earvin "Magic" Johnson said Wednesday that he's willing to do whatever he can to turn the
"I've done that in the past," Johnson told the Los Angeles Times. "I told [General Manager]
Johnson pointed out that he has always had a special touch when mediating negotiations between players and Lakers' brass.
"I talked to [late Lakers' owner] Dr. [
"I've been in a lot of different things with the Lakers, but it's up to them -- [owner] Jim [Buss], Mitch [Kupchak], Coach [
The Lakers need all of the help they can get right about now.
They are 3-19 since Dec. 21 and have lost seven consecutive games, their worst streak since March 2007.
Johnson said the Lakers need to change some pieces, adding that he could be in favor of the team trading
"If the Lakers can get a No. 1 draft pick for Pau, they should trade him because the problem is you're going to lose him next summer anyway."
Johnson also maintained his earlier position that
"I'm always in the belief when you come back and then you get hurt again, to make sure you heal your body all the way," he said. "I want him to stay out, but I know that's not who he is. But I definitely want him to stay out to get his body healthy and strong to get ready to go for a championship next season."