HoopsHype Wesley Johnson rumors

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

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But despite some flashes of brilliance as a rookie -- including a career-best 29-point night against the Lakers and a 25-point performance in the All-Star Weekend Rookie Challenge game -- Johnson never found a comfort level with the Timberwolves. He averaged only six points a game last season while shooting less than 40 percent overall and 31.4 percent from 3-point range. "It wasn't a fit. It wasn't meshing right," he said of his time in Minnesota. "They had different roles they wanted me to fit, and it wasn't working out. I tried to go out and do the best I could, but all-around, it wasn't a good fit." Arizona Republic

Suns General Manager Lance Blanks said the club still views Johnson as an emerging player who made the transition from being an inside player in high school and is still learning to play on the perimeter. "He shoots the ball extremely well," Blanks said. "Given his role and comfort and such, statistics haven't always reflected that. But he's very capable. In other areas, whether guarding on the perimeter or putting the ball on the floor, he's still growing, which is something we're excited about." Arizona Republic

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The New Orleans Hornets' acquisition of center Robin Lopez and forward Hakim Warrick is now official, according to a league source. Procedural issues in making the trade compliant with the NBA and its collective bargaining agreement rules, prevented consummation of the deal for the last two days. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Wolves received two second-round draft picks from New Orleans: a 2013 pick of the Brooklyn Nets and a 2016 pick originally belonging to the Wolves. Both picks were acquired by the Hornets in a July 13, 2012 trade. The Wolves also received a second-round draft pick from Phoenix, a 2014 pick of the Los Angeles Lakers that the Suns acquired on July 11, 2012. NBA.com

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