Jeanie Buss says brother Jim has clear Lakers timeline — or he's out

Jeanie Buss wants the Lakers to be in playoff contention again, and is willing to do almost anything to get back there — including asking her brother, Jim Buss, to step down as Lakers vice president of basketball operations

Jeanie, the Lakers presid

ent and part-owner with her siblings, said during a radio interview Thursday with KPCC that if the Lakers aren't "past the second round" — meaning in the Western Conference finals at least — in three years, Jim will step down. 

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"He told me that it would take three years to rebuild it," Buss said. "So we've just finished Year 1 of that three-year [plan]. So we have two more years until he feels that we'll be back into going past the second round in the playoffs."

The Lakers wound up with a 21-61 record the 2014-15 season, which was not only a franchise-worst, but also succeeded a 27-55 record the season before. Los Angeles missed the playoffs both seasons, which is the first time in Lakers history that the team did not qualify for consecutive post seasons.

"[It's] tough to swallow, because my dad set the bar so high," Buss said of her late father, former Lakers owner Jerry Buss. "But my brother had asked that he be given time to put together the kind of roster. And I agree that he needs the time so that he can show people what he envisions as Laker basketball going forward."

Now Lakers fans know exactly how much time is on the Buss deadline. The clock, along with the free agent market, is moving quickly.