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The Los Angeles Lakers are heading into a crucial summer with a brand new front office, giving them a chance to make their first mark. 

Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka are now the caretakers of Los Angeles' fortunes, replacing the much-maligned Jim Buss and much-respected Mitch Kupchak. The duo has been painting a fresh future for the Lakers, doing their best to promote change has finally come in LA. 

With their front office in place, the Lakers can move ahead in their new direction. The belief in their reinvigorated efforts may be so strong that an NBA legend who would love to be a part of their front office is being left out of the new regime. 

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The Lakers are aware that the legendary Jerry West - who currently works in a consultant role for the Golden State Warriors - would love to be invited back to the franchise, sources have told Mark Heisler of the OC Register

The Lakers, however, aren't interested in making that happen. Yes, the Lakers are holding off on bringing back the man simply known as "The Logo," it seems. West spent 14 years with the Lakers as a player, leading them to a championship in 1972. 

West also spent years coaching the Lakers before also working as a scout and general manager. He was a key decision maker when the Lakers won five championships through Magic Johnson's playing career, then helped the franchise rebuild after Magic's shocking retirement. 

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The Logo is also responsible for orchestrating a host of moves that led to the Lakers' three-peat era featuring Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. West saw something special in Kobe and would go on to trade for his draft rights and was able to sign Shaq as a free agent. 

That's without mentioning his decision to reel in Phil Jackson to be head coach of a dynasty that would become legendary in the sports world. 

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So why in the world would a team that's missed the playoffs for the past four seasons not be interested in adding a legendary NBA figure with a proven track record? The Lakers don't think they need West, according to Heisler

That's quite a bold perspective from the Lakers if true, running with completely new leadership without any NBA front office experience. It also begs the question of what having West in a consultant role, especially if he's not the one with the final call at the end of the day. 

Either way, the Lakers are showing serious confidence in the decision to hand the keys to Magic. We'll see how their first test goes this summer. Should things not play out the way they liked, this could be a costly decision that haunts the Lakers. 

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Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Shaquille O'Neal
Stephen Curry
Magic Johnson
LA Lakers
Kobe Bryant

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