Ohm Youngmisuk
ESPN Staff Writer
When a reporter started to ask Magic Johnson if the Lakers might consider trading one of their young prospects like a Lonzo Ball or Brandon Ingram if an opportunity arises to make a big move this offseason, Johnson quickly cut off the question. “We are not going to talk about that,” Johnson said. “We are not going to talk about that.”

Fully aware of past failures in previous free agency forays, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka say they’re serious about maintaining cap flexibility even if it means coming up empty-handed and not making a splash this July. Pelinka said July 2018 will not be a “litmus test of success” and that it is not this summer or bust. “We are not going to give money away just to say we signed somebody,” Johnson said. “We are not going to do that.”