Magic Johnson Sells Lakers Shares, Could Pursue Ownership Stake in Pistons

LOS ANGELES – Magic Johnson has sold his small ownership stake in the Los Angeles Lakers to Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong.

The Lakers announced the deal Monday. Soon-Shiong is a businessman, philanthropist, UCLA professor and 25-year Lakers season ticket holder.

Johnson previously has said he is interested in owning a larger chunk of another NBA team, which would require him to sell his stake in the Lakers.

Johnson bought his shares of the Lakers in the mid-1990s, several years after ending a Hall of Fame playing career spent entirely with Los Angeles.

Johnson has been a successful businessman since his retirement. The Michigan native expressed interest last month in being part of a group buying the Detroit Pistons.

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