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February 28, 2015 Updates

The Lakers lamented Johnson’s inconsistency last season when he played both at small forward and power forward in Mike D’Antoni’s small-ball system. But the Lakers still re-signed him to a one-year deal for around $1 million after he posted previous career-highs in points (9.1), shooting percentage (42.5) and rebounds (4.4) Johnson has appreciated Kobe Bryant’s mentorship and playing strictly at small forward under Scott. “I want to definitely stay here,” said Johnson about his pending free agency. “I like coach Scott and the whole coaching staff. I love it here. I definitely want to be a part of when they get back.” Los Angeles Daily News

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The boost he felt last Wednesday was financial, his contract with the Lakers becoming fully guaranteed, but in such confounding times for Ellington it was at least ... something. "I've been through a lot already this season and we're not midway through it," he said. "It was nice to have a little relief and a little pressure off my shoulders. It definitely feels good." Los Angeles Times

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Starting small forward Wesley Johnson also did not travel with the team to Portland. Johnson strained his right hip flexor in Sunday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. The second-year Laker’s status will be updated after his MRI on Monday. Johnson had previously sat out just three times in 116 games during his tenure as a Laker. NBA.com

December 26, 2014 Updates

Swaggy P ain't the only Lakers player rollin' around on some fresh new wheels ... TMZ Sports has learned teammate Wesley Johnson just dropped $205k on a pimped out Aston Martin!! We're told ... the 4th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft recently hit up Roadstarr Motorsports in L.A. looking to get a Christmas gift for himself. TMZ.com

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Still, we can learn about Bryant through Johnson’s experiences. The workouts were just as rigorous as was described throughout his rehabiliation from the torn Achilles, and Bryant just as demanding – of himself and the teammates who found themselves sharing his space. “People come to work out (and think), ‘I’m going to get some shots up,’ or do what they do,” Johnson said. “But he takes it like it’s a preparation for the game.” Orange County Register

July 28, 2014 Updates

The Lakers officially increased their roster to 12 on Monday with the re-signing of forward Wesley Johnson. "I’m happy to welcome Wesley back to our team and am excited to see him develop further after taking such great strides last season," said General Manager Mitch Kupchak in a statement. "Wesley possesses elite athleticism, and has the potential to develop into an excellent defender." Although the team didn't release terms of Johnson's contract, it's thought to be for one year at the $981,084 minimum. Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent forward Wesley Johnson, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. “I’m happy to welcome Wesley back to our team and am excited to see him develop further after taking such great strides last season,” said Kupchak. “Wesley possesses elite athleticism, and has the potential to develop into an excellent defender.” NBA.com

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Kelly and Marshall were in rare agreement last month when they both ribbed Lakers teammate and onetime Syracuse standout Wesley Johnson after Orange Coach Jim Boeheim ran onto the court to protest an official's call near the end of a loss to Duke, resulting in his ejection. "They asked if I had ever seen him get emotional like that," Johnson said, "and I said, 'A little bit, but not that much.'" Los Angeles Times

March 5, 2014 Updates

Johnson joined the Lakers last summer on a one-year deal worth around $1 million, eager to shed his reputation as a bust after the fourth pick of the 2010 NBA draft had uneventful seasons in Minnesota and Phoenix. Johnson has carved out a niche with the Lakers. But has he also carved out a future with them? “I want to come back,” Johnson told this newspaper. “Hopefully they feel the same way. I’ll have to continue to prove myself and show I can play hard.” Long Beach Press-Telegram

Still, the Lakers have a number of young players on one-year deals. Only Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Robert Sacre and Kendall Marshall are under contract next season. "Hopefully it’s a long-term thing,” Johnson said. “But we’ll have to see what happens with what the front office decides and how they move around things. I would like to be here.” Long Beach Press-Telegram

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