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Magic Johnson Wants To Join Group To Buy Pistons

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NBA Hall-of-Famer Magic Johnson, who hails from Lansing, MI, told Scott Howard-Cooper of today that he’s interested in buying the Detroit Pistons. From Howard-Cooper’s Twitter account:

Magic Johnson tells he is interested in being part of a group that buys the Pistons or joining the front office. Link to follow.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck


Johnson currently owns a minority stake in the L.A. Lakers and would have to give that up to take any position with the Pistons.

UPDATE: Johnson's comments to's Scott Howard-Cooper (via Detroit Bad Boys): 

Johnson stressed he has not had any formal talks about either possibility, with other potential suitors or the Davidson family that put the team on the market, and that he would not be a majority owner because it would mean relocating from Los Angeles, the very reason some close to him note the Pistons are not a realistic match. But Johnson told at the press conference leading up to Hall of Fame ceremonies tonight that "some people had called me and wanted me to [know] if I'm interested in being a part of a group to own the Pistons." [...]

[...] "Somebody back there has to be the majority owner. Be the owner," said Johnson, who would have to sell his interest in the Lakers to work for or own another team.. "That wouldn't be me. But if Ilitch or somebody -- you've got a good guy back there already in Joe Dumars. If somebody said, 'Hey, can you come and think about helping Joe Dumars?' then I would think about it.