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The Los Angeles Lakers have concluded their head coaching search by appointing former player JJ Redick, who secured a four-year contract valued at approximately $8 million annually.

Lakers icon Magic Johnson expressed his thoughts on social media regarding the hiring.

“I’m cautiously optimistic that this new hire is a success for both the Lakers and JJ Redick. I enjoyed watching him as a player – great 3-point shooting, high basketball IQ, passion for the game, and mental and physical toughness. If he can bring how he played professionally to the Lakers – this could work out! But will his transition from star basketball player to head coach end up like Steve Kerr, Jason Kidd, Ty Lue, or Doc Rivers or the former NBA players turned coaches who weren’t successful?” Johnson tweeted.

Johnson emphasized the importance of the next steps for Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka following Redick’s appointment.

“Naming a head coach was just the first step. Even bigger than naming JJ Redick as the Head Coach, Rob Pelinka’s next step must be to improve the roster if we are going to compete against all the powerhouse teams in the West like the Nuggets, Timberwolves, Mavericks, Suns, Thunder, Spurs, and the Clippers,” he added in another tweet.

Redick, known for his sharpshooting during his NBA career, will face the challenge of transitioning into coaching after his retirement.

The Lakers hope Redick can bring a fresh perspective and tactical acumen to guide the team back to playoff contention.