Magic Johnson is leaving ESPN because of other business commitments.

"We appreciate Magic's contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors," John Wildhack, ESPN's executive vice president, production, said in a statement. "We are in the process of determining our NBA commentator roles for the upcoming season."

Johnson joined the network in 2008 and was part of their "NBA Countdown" crew.

Johnson is a part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Deadspin reports that Bill Simmons and Johnson had a power war over the show.

"The bottom line is they turned that show over to Simmons," said the Deadspin source. "That's why Doug Collins got hired and why (Michael) Wilbon was out."

Simmons denied the report via Twitter.

"The shadow president," a source called Simmons of his role within ESPN.