HoopsHype Wesley Johnson rumors


April 17, 2014 Updates
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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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With Johnson’s comfort starting to show under D’Antoni it doesn’t come as a surprise the fourth year forward, an unrestricted free agent next summer, would be more than open to signing a multi-year deal to remain in Los Angeles Lakers long term. “This is definitely a place I want to be,” Johnson said on his upcoming free agency. “I love Los Angeles. I love the organization. I love the people that I’ve been around since I’ve been there. I definitely think this could be a long term thing. We just have to wait and see.” HoopsWorld

Johnson says the prospect of playing for such a storied franchise and in head coach Mike D’Antoni ‘s respected offensive system were big selling points leading him to sign with the Lakers. “D’Antoni talked to me before the season started about what he needed from me,” Johnson told HOOPSWORLD. “He told me to just worry about playing basketball. He said if you play aggressive and play hard you can pretty much do what you want out there as long as you play hard. So I definitely feel a lot more comfortable out there than I have the last few years.” HoopsWorld

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Lakers forward Wesley Johnson underwent an MRI on Monday that showed a strained tendon in his left foot. According to the team, he'll be listed as day to day. Johnson played just eight minutes Sunday in the Lakers' 97-88 preseason loss to the Denver Nuggets. Through two exhibition games, he's shooting 20% from the field. Los Angeles Times

October 7, 2013 Updates

Johnson left the game in the first quarter because of a strained left foot, finishing with only two points and three rebounds in eight minutes, while shooting 1-for-5 from the field with two turnovers. "There was some burning sensation in his foot," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We're hoping [it is] not bad." Johnson has an MRI exam scheduled Monday to examine the injury. ESPN.com

September 23, 2013 Updates

Despite an uncertain future, Wesley Johnson hopes to make Los Angeles his home for years to come. “I would love to make this my home. I’m here every summer,” Johnson explained. “When I first held my jersey, I was like, ‘I’m with the Lakers. I’m wearing number 11. I’m in L.A.’ “You just can’t beat this, man. It’s all a great situation and I’m going to play like it.” Laker Nation

Johnson was also well aware of ESPN.com ranking the Lakers to finish 12th in the Western Conference this season. “That’s disrespectful,” Johnson said in an annoyed tone. “That’s really for us to go out there and prove everyone wrong. That’s why everyone is so eager and we’ve been in the [practice facility] everyday up to this point.” “Everyone is in there to build chemistry to show everybody that we’re not 12th. We know that we’re not 12th, but it’s definitely going to be more fuel to the fire.” Laker Nation

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The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent forward Wesley Johnson, it was announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. “Wesley is a young, athletic player who runs the floor well and is an excellent defender,” said Kupchak. “He’s a developing player who we think could become a good NBA player for years to come. He’s also a great kid and we’re happy to add him to our team.” NBA.com

Mike D'Antoni: We have a much deeper team this year. I think we just signed Wesley Johnson. I think I can talk about that. That makes us about 10, 11, 12 guys deep that will play, and that will keep minutes from the older guys. FoxSportsWest.com

July 14, 2013 Updates

Dave McMenamin: Got word from @robmurphyEMU who spoke to Wesley Johnson: Wes is besides himself with excitement for the Lakers opportunity Twitter @mcten

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