Wesley Johnson Re-signs with Lakers 1 Year $1 Million

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steven18
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The Lakers have done a solid job of upgrading the point guard position, as well as bringing in some new guys to help in the front court. Unfortunately the team remained thin on the wing. The Lakers moved to help that issue by re-signing Xavier Henry earlier today, and now, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard, they have reached an agreement to bring back Wesley Johnson: The move surely makes sense as the Lakers were in dire need of another small forward, especially one with defensive capabilities. The fact that is a one year deal for minimum money makes the decision an easy....


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Just out of curiosity how much do you think he actually gets out of that one million with taxes and paying his agent.?


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So Henry and Johnson....good moves...


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I didn't see this coming....Cool!!!!


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SF position is filling now. Just need a rim protecting center.


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I'm down for this I guess... And at that price , can't complain


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Lakers_4_Lyfe_BayBay wrote:
SF position is filling now. Just need a rim protecting center.

Davis has potential to be a rim protector


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If he develops more consistency, then he could turn into a great player.


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vilches2432 wrote:
Just out of curiosity how much do you think he actually gets out of that one million with taxes and paying his agent.?

About the same as a dude with a one man grow operation in his garage.


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*wishing for an earl clark signing now.* Lakers need an SF- PF tweener who rebounds well.


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I'm ok with this I like Wes Johnson athleticism and we need SFs BAD!!


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I like Wes. Guy has a lot of potential, if we landed as Scott as our coach (most likely) I believe Johson will blossom more as a good and more effective player on both ends of the floor.


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You had me at defense...


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Not the best signing but I'm not against it as long as he's been working on his game.


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If they were going to sign an offensively limited sf I would have gone with aminu. Aminu is just as athletic but is a much better Rebounder and statistically is one of the top defenders at his position. Wesley johnson has been all potential ever since he was drafted, it's about time people stopped trying to be the ones to salvage his career and just accept that he is a bust.


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I endorse this signing....


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LakerDymes wrote:
If they were going to sign an offensively limited sf I would have gone with aminu. Aminu is just as athletic but is a much better Rebounder and statistically is one of the top defenders at his position.
I think Aminu would command more dollars in another team and might be a reason why LAL didn't even try getting him.


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LakerDymes wrote:
If they were going to sign an offensively limited sf I would have gone with aminu. Aminu is just as athletic but is a much better Rebounder and statistically is one of the top defenders at his position. Wesley johnson has been all potential ever since he was drafted, it's about time people stopped trying to be the ones to salvage his career and just accept that he is a bust.

Johnson actually has a jumper


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LakerDymes wrote:
If they were going to sign an offensively limited sf I would have gone with aminu. Aminu is just as athletic but is a much better Rebounder and statistically is one of the top defenders at his position. Wesley johnson has been all potential ever since he was drafted, it's about time people stopped trying to be the ones to salvage his career and just accept that he is a bust.

I disagree. I prefer Johnson because he has more offensive game than Aminu, believe it or not. Johnson shot 37% on threes last year and 43% overall. That's not terrible for someone who's there for his defensive game. He can only improve better. On top of that he already has developed chemistry with Kobe, Nash, Young, Hill, Kelly, Sacre. I'm a huge fan of this signing. I have a feeling Wes is going to have a good year for us.


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I'm glad we have three of the most exciting guys from last season back.


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If Johnson is given a role that is defined(a three and D guy) and make sense for him(not a 6'7", 205 lb power forward) he will excel. He got wore down last season trying to guard guys he was giving up 50 lbs to and being the only one to play every game. Remember, at one point last season he was leading the team in both blocks and steals while shooting a respectable 37% from three. Even if he only equals last season per 36 production that's a pretty good value pick up.


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LakerDymes wrote:
If they were going to sign an offensively limited sf I would have gone with aminu. Aminu is just as athletic but is a much better Rebounder and statistically is one of the top defenders at his position. Wesley johnson has been all potential ever since he was drafted, it's about time people stopped trying to be the ones to salvage his career and just accept that he is a bust.

the only thing is Al-Farouq Aminu isn't offensively better than wes johnson, more inconsistent, and doesn't play better defense than wes. not to mention wes has more chemistry with most the players on the team, which gives him an even bigger boost.


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fluke32 wrote:
*wishing for an earl clark signing now.* Lakers need an SF- PF tweener who rebounds well.

We don't need anymore PF's...all we need now is a Center, although it appears as Hill and Davis might possibly be used as our Center at times. We also will end up signing Clarkson to a deal and then if Marshall ends up clearing waivers which is a big IF we will resign him.


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the only thing is Al-Farouq Aminu isn't offensively better than wes johnson, more inconsistent, and doesn't play better defense than wes. not to mention wes has more chemistry with most the players on the team, which gives him an even bigger boost.

I never said aminu was better offensively, I just noted that both are offensively challenged. We all saw johnson play last year, the guy only contributes anything(offensively or defensively) 1 out of every 5 games. And no he isn't as good as aminu is on defense, aminu is by all advanced defensive metrics one of the best defensive small forwards, Wesley is just average.

You know what you are getting with al, good tough defense, contribution on the boards and crappy shooting. Aminu knows his role and plays it well(he slashes to the basket, scorers on put backs and doesn't take many jumpers)and that's what I'd rather have than a guy who hasn't shown any consistency throughout his entire nba career.

*Also even though they were both drafted in the same draft 2010, Wesley is 27 years old compared to 23 for aminu.

We are all entitled to our opinion and to me this is a horrible signing even for the minimum. Unless we are stealth tanking, in which case I tip my hat to kupcake.


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LakerDymes wrote:
I never said aminu was better offensively, I just noted that both are offensively challenged. We all saw johnson play last year, the guy only contributes anything(offensively or defensively) 1 out of every 5 games. And no he isn't as good as aminu is on defense, aminu is by all advanced defensive metrics one of the best defensive small forwards, Wesley is just average.

You know what you are getting with al, good tough defense, contribution on the boards and crappy shooting. Aminu knows his role and plays it well(he slashes to the basket, scorers on put backs and doesn't take many jumpers)and that's what I'd rather have than a guy who hasn't shown any consistency throughout his entire nba career.

*Also even though they were both drafted in the same draft 2010, Wesley is 27 years old compared to 23 for aminu.

We are all entitled to our opinion and to me this is a horrible signing even for the minimum. Unless we are stealth tanking, in which case I tip my hat to kupcake.

I never said you said al was better offensively, I was noting that wes is better offensively. i'd rather have wes than al because wes is all around better and fits better with the team and we got him for cheap.


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Another inexpensive player for trade bait by midseason. We have all these cheap contracts and one or twp of these guys will likely blossom. My money is on Kelly and clarkson. These guys will get shipped with a combination of our heavy expirings (hill, nash, Lin).

All this in the hopes that we get a disgruntled Paul George or Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love.


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lakerfan8 wrote:
Another inexpensive player for trade bait by midseason. We have all these cheap contracts and one or twp of these guys will likely blossom. My money is on Kelly and clarkson. These guys will get shipped with a combination of our heavy expirings (hill, nash, Lin).

All this in the hopes that we get a disgruntled Paul George or Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love.

Paul George will flourish this year because he'll be the man with the ball and making plays for the Pacers. MVP season for him, won't be MVP but he'll play like one.

Kyrie.. no thanks. Not worth the max contract and is overrated.

Kevin Love would be the most realistic thing here, but it's tough to see Love and Randle playing on the same team. But a front court of Love and Randle would make sense in a way and especially if Byron Scott comes in with his "positionless" princeton offense.


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Sign Mike Scott at the 3

Lin / Nash / clarkson

Kobe / xavier

wesley / young / scott

boozer / randle / kelly

hill / davis / sacre


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To be realistic here, no decent Center will come to Los Angeles w/ for a short-term minimum contract, Unless LAL gets someone unknown from overseas. That's why the only guys Mitch could find are part-time Centers who really are just PFs w/ mediocre offensive arsenal.

In this kind of situation, (no defined system, no coach and no new superstar to build around on) LAL needs to be even more versatile. The Lakers right now have 2 combo guards in Lin and Clarkson, 4 SG/SFs, 3 PF/C, and only Kelly as a SF/PF. LA might need a guy who's a better rebounder at that position too IMO, and have Kelly spend more time in the d-league this season.


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mcbill wrote:
About the same as a dude with a one man grow operation in his garage.

Wh-wh-wh-what??? LMFAO. That was hood-funny.


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lakerfan8 wrote:
Another inexpensive player for trade bait by midseason. We have all these cheap contracts and one or twp of these guys will likely blossom. My money is on Kelly and clarkson. These guys will get shipped with a combination of our heavy expirings (hill, nash, Lin).

All this in the hopes that we get a disgruntled Paul George or Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love.

Johnson or Henry can't be traded


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I think Mitch has done a great job signing the players that excelled last season. If we can keep our three older players healthy, those young guns are going to improve with Kobe, Boozer and Nash if they keep him.

I honestly think we got a real good group back together, and I think some of you tankers will be surprised at these young group how far they will go. Most were high draft picks two or three years ago and that is about what it takes for a draftee to really settle into a rhythm in the nba.

I have been critical at times with Wesley Johnson, but the kid has the skill to be something special. Tall, lean and can jump pretty high blocking shots. And I have also seen him making consistent three point shots. The only thing that I did not like was that at times he looked confused as to what to do next. Stood around a little too much for my liking. I like players to keep moving in a circle fast, and passing the ball to the open shooter.

If it is true that "Scott uses the Princeton offense, it will require constant motion, passing, back door cuts. It does require players with high IQ to play this offense. Mike Brown was a complete failure listening to one of his assistants to use it. But Mike was never a Princeton offense coach and failed miserably.


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The team is set and I wish some of the posters would quit looking for the stars to get some of the high profile players they are wishing for. You can only get so many under the cap.

I believe I read somewhere that for coming years ahead the cap will be expanded to where at least some of these teams are not handcuffed.

We can thank Stern and all the cry baby owners, now we have parity through out the nba. I do not see any team dominating like it was before. The playing field has been leveled and what is going to happen is nba teams will be looking overseas more and more to get players cheap. These new CBA contracts will hurt the American kids attending universities here in this country landing a nba career. Like everything else in this country companies have gone overseas for the cheap labor.


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Playing field may be level for each conference, but not when you look at the NBA as a whole. Top 8 west teams are easily the 3rd best if not higher in the East. While the league is getting better its not quite there.


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I will say, D'Antoni being forced to play Xavier, Wesley, Kelly, etc... really should help these guys progress mentally, developing a higher ball IQ, rather than playing 15-20 min on a better team. This might seem insignificant to the average eye, but playing big minutes at their age will pay off bigger dividends moving forward. I wouldn't be surprised if every one of those players are significantly better this year. Having a guy like Kobe able to lead 3rd quarter surges, which the Lakers were awful last year, could be the difference of a playoff team.

With the addition of Jeremy Lin, who in my opinion is a very very good defender, I believe we can maintain a high scoring offense while giving up a lot less in transition. Pau was a focal point of our offense last year, but he was slow in transition and soft on the interior defense, netting in not as big of an advantage as people gave him credit for. Guys like Randle and Hill, both of which can get back in transition and have a hustle mentality, along with Boozer's 15 footer and decent pass instincts, I believe we have a nice team moving forward.


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don't like this signing at all hoping for a bigger sf who can help in rebounding and defense were to thin at the wing position


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Could Wes be developed into an Ibaka type player? Is he 6'9"? Not as beefy as Serge but got the hops to go up for blocks. If he could beef up a bit and be given the assignment to use his wing span and athletisism and quick jump to go for blocks and so on, could be interesting. We know he's got crazy hops at the rim when he has the room to move on the break and he's speedy. We were thin at the 3, so maybe he'll finally fulfill his potential. But I do think it's crazy patching a team together with no coach to help sculpt the raw stone. I mean, otherwise it's just a bunch of cobbled together players. Like how many PF's do we need? With an undersized C in Davis, who should really be a PF, after all Hil is taller, we still need a good 5. Maybe like PHO stocking up on PG's we're stocking up on PF's so there is some loose change to trade with during the season?

What we really need I think is a Lamar sized skilled player. Kelly aint it for sure, unless he learns how to jump. Wes doesn't have the size or skill set, Boozer is one dimensional, tho not a bad pick up for the price. Will be weird to see him P+G tho. We've all hated him from afar for so long lol.


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Shepherd wrote:
Could Wes be developed into an Ibaka type player? Is he 6'9"? Not as beefy as Serge but got the hops to go up for blocks. If he could beef up a bit and be given the assignment to use his wing span and athletisism and quick jump to go for blocks and so on, could be interesting. We know he's got crazy hops at the rim when he has the room to move on the break and he's speedy. We were thin at the 3, so maybe he'll finally fulfill his potential. But I do think it's crazy patching a team together with no coach to help sculpt the raw stone. I mean, otherwise it's just a bunch of cobbled together players. Like how many PF's do we need? With an undersized C in Davis, who should really be a PF, after all Hil is taller, we still need a good 5. Maybe like PHO stocking up on PG's we're stocking up on PF's so there is some loose change to trade with during the season?

What we really need I think is a Lamar sized skilled player. Kelly ain't it for sure, unless he learns how to jump. Wes doesn't have the size or skill set, Boozer is one dimensional, tho not a bad pick up for the price. Will be weird to see him P+G tho. We've all hated him from afar for so long lol.

Wes has great shooting potential and that's where the focus ought to be imo. He could be an awesome 3 if he gains consistency. He could easily be a 16/8/4 guy, with defense, if he decides to be this player.

I think Randle is rather like the child of Lamar and Z-Bo so it seems the Lakers have that covered. He loves to dribble! Re Center and the ridiculous number of PF's, that seems to be bad planning or just opportunism where Boozer and David are concerned. It's like going to a garage sale and being unable to resist passing up a deal on something that will live in your closet forever! LOL Boozer is predicted to be a 14/8 guy so we'll have three PF's at 14/8? No regular starters but flexible lineups ala D'Antoni?

Cobbled, yeah, that's my gripe, though Henry and Wes at the 3 is not too bad if they both raise their games a bit. So, who is the Center? Hill and Sacre? Perhaps average at best though Hill with ten more pounds could be rather devastating given his energy and quick leaping ability. I know how much you love Drew Shep, but be honest, wouldn't that make sense at 20-25 minutes / game assuming he does not take a German vacation this year?


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Skyeword wrote:
Wes has great shooting potential and that's where the focus ought to be imo. He could be an awesome 3 if he gains consistency. He could easily be a 16/8/4 guy, with defense, if he decides to be this player.

I think Randle is rather like the child of Lamar and Z-Bo so it seems the Lakers have that covered. He loves to dribble! Re Center and the ridiculous number of PF's, that seems to be bad planning or just opportunism where Boozer and David are concerned. It's like going to a garage sale and being unable to resist passing up a deal on something that will live in your closet forever! LOL Boozer is predicted to be a 14/8 guy so we'll have three PF's at 14/8? No regular starters but flexible lineups ala D'Antoni?

Cobbled, yeah, that's my gripe, though Henry and Wes at the 3 is not too bad if they both raise their games a bit. So, who is the Center? Hill and Sacre? Perhaps average at best though Hill with ten more pounds could be rather devastating given his energy and quick leaping ability. I know how much you love Drew Shep, but be honest, wouldn't that make sense at 20-25 minutes / game assuming he does not take a German vacation this year?

HA! I was thinking the same thing. Another 1 year $1mill deal? But I think AB will take the year off, or probably should. Maybe that will be the Lakers big surprise next summer. Bring AB back cheap. Or we could take a swing at Oden LMAO. Well either that or he goes to the Cav. Another home grown Ohioan going home. Maybe that's the plan in Cleveland.


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Shepherd wrote:
Could Wes be developed into an Ibaka type player? Is he 6'9"? Not as beefy as Serge but got the hops to go up for blocks. If he could beef up a bit and be given the assignment to use his wing span and athletisism and quick jump to go for blocks and so on, could be interesting. We know he's got crazy hops at the rim when he has the room to move on the break and he's speedy. We were thin at the 3, so maybe he'll finally fulfill his potential. But I do think it's crazy patching a team together with no coach to help sculpt the raw stone. I mean, otherwise it's just a bunch of cobbled together players. Like how many PF's do we need? With an undersized C in Davis, who should really be a PF, after all Hil is taller, we still need a good 5. Maybe like PHO stocking up on PG's we're stocking up on PF's so there is some loose change to trade with during the season?

What we really need I think is a Lamar sized skilled player. Kelly ain't it for sure, unless he learns how to jump. Wes doesn't have the size or skill set, Boozer is one dimensional, tho not a bad pick up for the price. Will be weird to see him P+G tho. We've all hated him from afar for so long lol.

Wesley Johnson is 6'7" tall. Ibaka is 6' 10" tall. Ibaka is a power forward, Johnson is more of a small forward then a power forward. He could never be an Ibaka does not have the size.


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NO to Bynum and NO to Oden. That would be the worst mistake the Lakers could make.

Sacre will be better this season and he is a strong tall dude. They say he is 7' tall, but I would say he is more like 6'10". We actually have four players that can play the 4 and 5 spot. Sacre, Hill, Davis and Boozer.


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Axle wrote:
NO to Bynum and NO to Oden. That would be the worst mistake the Lakers could make.

Sacre will be better this season and he is a strong tall dude. They say he is 7' tall, but I would say he is more like 6'10". We actually have four players that can play the 4 and 5 spot. Sacre, Hill, Davis and Boozer.

No it wouldn't not if it's for the minimum. Low risk high reward. Also Sacre is 7 foot. Standing next to Pau they looked same height


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Axle wrote:
NO to Bynum and NO to Oden. That would be the worst mistake the Lakers could make.

Sacre will be better this season and he is a strong tall dude. They say he is 7' tall, but I would say he is more like 6'10". We actually have four players that can play the 4 and 5 spot. Sacre, Hill, Davis and Boozer.

No, I have to disagree. Hiring Danphoni was the biggest mistake Lakers have ever (ever ever???) made. Ever.


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Trevor Ariza is a poor man's Luol Deng. Wesley Johnson is even poorer man's Trevor Ariza


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