The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly re-signed Wesley Johnson to a one-year deal worth $1 million, per ESPN.com's Chris Broussard:
Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times and Basketball Insiders reported that the Lakers had renounced the rights to Johnson, among a few others, but that it was done only to shrink the salary-cap hit:
Johnson played 79 games for the Lakers last year, making 62 starts and averaging 9.1 points a game. Although the 27-year-old's performances were somewhat erratic, he did set career highs in field-goal percentage (.425) and three-point percentage (.369). His player efficiency rating of 11.0 was also a career best.
In addition to his offensive contributions, Johnson helped out on the defensive side, an area in which Los Angeles needed all the help it could get.
"Early, he was up and down," then-head coach Mike D'Antoni said of Johnson in March, per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. "He’d play some great games and he’d go AWOL for about a month. Lately, it’s been very good."
"I want to come back," said Johnson. "Hopefully they feel the same way. I’ll have to continue to prove myself and show I can play hard."
Although the forward does bring some value to the team, most fans will see this as another underwhelming move in an offseason full of them for the Lakers.
Los Angeles seemingly hitched its wagons to luring a marquee free agent like LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, and when that didn't happen, the team was left scrambling somewhat. The Lakers have re-signed Nick Young and Jordan Hill, traded for Jeremy Lin and picked up Carlos Boozer off amnesty waivers, per ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst.
You can likely throw Johnson into the mix now.
It looks as if another season of discontent is in store for the Lakers.
Note: All stats are courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.
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