Lakers News: Stanley Johnson Agrees to New 10-Day Contract

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 6, 2022

Los Angeles Lakers forward Stanley Johnson (14) drives against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu

The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday they have signed Stanley Johnson to a 10-day contract.

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It's the second 10-day contract with the Lakers for Johnson, who averaged 6.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in five games (three starts). He scored 10 points in 23 minutes in a 139-106 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, finishing plus-25.

In those five games, the Lakers were 5.0 points better per 100 possessions when Johnson was on the court, per Basketball Reference.

LeBron James praised the 25-year-old, saying he brought "toughness at the wing position."

"I like the physicality that he has," head coach Frank Vogel said. "He's not just a quicker guy, but he's strong as hell too."

That physical play could help the Lakers climb the standings. The squad has won the last three games to improve to 20-19.

Johnson has bounced around the league since being drafted No. 8 overall in 2015 by the Detroit Pistons. He averaged 7.1 points per game across three-and-a-half seasons in Detroit before a 2019 trade to the New Orleans Pelicans.

After spending the last two years with the Toronto Raptors, Johnson struggled to find a home in 2021-22. The forward joined the Chicago Bulls earlier in the season but never saw action.

He will get another shot to prove himself in L.A.