Former Hawkeye Ronnie Lester Let Go by Lakers

Former Iowa basketball player Ronnie Lester will not be retained as assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers after his contract expires in June.

Photo from uifoundation.org

The Former Hawkeye spent the past 10 season as Assistant GM for the Lakers under GM Mitch Kupchak. Lester played for the team from 1981-1986, averaging 7.3 points and four assists per game.

After his retirement from playing, Lester remained a major part of the Lakers organization. He was a scout for the team before being named Assistant GM.

Lester played for the Hawkeyes from 1977-1980, averaging 16.9 points per game. He earned first team All-Big Ten honors in 1978 and 1979 and his 1,675 career points ranks fifth all-time in Iowa history.

The Lakers have been cleaning house since the hiring of new head coach Mike Brown. According to the Los Angeles Times, more than a dozen scouts, training staff members and video personnel have also been told they will not have their contracts renewed.

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