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Wesley Johnson to join Lakers on veteranís minimum deal

7/15/13 in NBA   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

The Los Angeles Lakers assembled a star-studded roster in hopes of making a playoffs run last season. But after a deal to retain Dwight Howard fell apart and the All-Star center landed in Houston in free agency, the Los Angeles Lakers decided cut costs while salvaging the useful pieces of the roster to make a fresh start after next season.
 
This evidently means that the Los Angeles Lakers do not intend to spend big over the next season. The Los Angeles Lakers already used their taxpayer mid-level exception of $3.2 million to bring back center Chris Kaman, and now all the team has left to offer to free agents in their pursuit to update the roster is the veteran’s minimum contract.
 
So, the Los Angeles Lakers are filling out the roster with young and athletic players, who need exposure and a chance to prove themselves as productive players, in order to earn multi-year contracts from some other team following the 2013-14 season. Chris Kaman and Nick Young certainly satisfy the specifics of the above category of signings, now the Los Angeles Lakers’ most recent free agency acquisition Wesley Johnson also joins the club.
 
The Los Angles free agent swingman Wesley Johnson struck a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. The deal is reportedly worth a veteran’s minimum.
 
Wesley Johnson showed improvement in some areas last season as he shot a career-best 40.7 percent from the floor with the Phoenix Suns last season. He also averaged 8.0 points and 2.5 minutes per contest while starting 21 of 50 games in his only season with the Phoenix Suns.
 
After spending the first two season of his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who selected him No. 4th overall in the 2010 NBA draft, Wesley Johnson was originally traded by the team to the Phoenix Suns via a three-way trade deal last summer. But the Phoenix Suns opted not to pick up the option on the final year of Wesley Johnson’s four-year rookie contract this offseason.
 
The-26-year-old Wesley Johnson should provide the Los Angeles Lakers with some much needed athleticism lacking across a lineup that features veterans Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and a less than 100 percent Kobe Bryant who is still recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon. Moreover, after the Los Angeles Lakers amnestied Metta World Peace, they have a void on the perimeter that needs to fill by someone who can play some solid perimeter defense and knock down three-pointers in the stretches. Wesley Johson has good length and potential as a perimeter defender, as well as opportunist shooter to fill that role. He could also find himself in the rotation at small forward this summer, although that could evolve once the Los Angeles Lakers start training camp in October.
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