Johnson’s next stop was with the Toronto Raptors, where he averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game on 38% shooting from the field from 2019 to 2021. He also played three games for Toronto’s G League Raptors 905. Though Johnson once scored a career-high 35 points for Toronto and was viewed as a defensive stopper, his tenure concluded with some tough love from Raptors president Masai Ujiri and other members of the front office. Johnson says he needed that career-altering honesty from Ujiri.
“That was a real honest conversation. That’s what I needed to hear,” Johnson said. “In the NBA, honesty is not always the first and foremost thing that people want to give you because it’s not the easiest thing to say to people that are professionals. I’ve been playing basketball all my life. I’m pretty damn good at basketball, so to tell me I’m bad at basketball, it’s a hard conversation to have with a professional athlete.
“It takes a different type of man to tell you that to your face and not in a pessimistic way, in a constructive way. What are you going to do? Are you going to take [it poorly] or are you going to do something about it? I felt like I want to do something about it. I’m 25 years old. I know I’ve been fortunate. I’ve been in the league for a long time because I got in early, but I’m not even anywhere close to my prime, anywhere close to the player that I can be in my life.”
Dave McMenamin: The Lakers announce they have signed Stanley Johnson to another 10-day contract. This is the last 10-day they can have him on before making a decision to retain him for the rest of the season or not.
Shams Charania: The Lakers plan to sign forward Stanley Johnson to another 10-day contract on Monday, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Dave McMenamin: The Lakers will likely sign small ball big man Stanley Johnson to a 10-day contract on Thursday, league sources told ESPN. Johnson, 25, recently completed a 10-day hardship exemption contract with LAL and the SoCal native made an impact with his on-ball defense and toughness
Stanley Johnson (6.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg) started three games for the Lakers on a 10-day contract via hardship waiver, making a splash as a defensive specialist at 6-foot-6. The Fullerton native’s deal, however, expired on Monday along with fellow SoCal native Darren Collison (who was inactive for his final two Laker games) and neither attended the team’s Monday practice. While acknowledging the decision on the roster spot would fall to General Manager Rob Pelinka and advisor Kurt Rambis, Vogel tipped his hand by saying, “Stanley Johnson has potentially become a factor for us.” Vogel followed up by saying he hoped Johnson would join the team for a few more games – the Lakers could sign him for the rest of the season, or sign him to a new 10-day contract beginning Wednesday.
The Lakers opened up a 15th roster spot Friday, trading Rajon Rondo to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Denzel Valentine, who has a partially guaranteed contract and is expected to be waived. Johnson is now in competition with veteran point guard Darren Collison, who’s also on a 10-day hardship exemption contract, for the final roster spot. “I know if I do my job to the best of my ability, I think I can make it hard for (Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka),” Johnson said. “So that’s what I’m focused on: doing my job to the best of my ability and winning some of these games here.”
“Stanley is huge in what we’re trying to do,” said David Fizdale, the Lakers’ assistant coach who has recently served as acting head coach with Frank Vogel sidelined in health and safety protocols. “With his motor and with his defensive intensity and prowess, we can really use that right now.” Johnson, who found himself out of the league at the beginning of the season, isn’t just looking to help the Lakers right now. He believes he can help them for the rest of this season. “You get here and you’re like, ‘How do I figure out how to stay here?’ type of thing,” Johnson said.
One option for that spot, former Santa Ana Mater Dei High star Stanley Johnson, continued to play well, joining James in the starting lineup and scoring 10 points before fouling out. “He’s picked up our system really fast,” James said. “ ... And he brought in some toughness.”
Harrison Faigen: LeBron James says that Stanley Johnson has given the Lakers "toughness at the wing position" and has fit in seamlessly because he had a "cheat sheet" from playing with the South Bay Lakers.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Lakers are planning to sign Darren Collison and Stanley Johnson to 10-day hardship deals, sources tell ESPN. The Lakers are hopeful they'll be available for the Christmas Day game vs. Brooklyn.
Shams Charania: The Chicago Bulls are signing forward Stanley Johnson out of NBA G League’s South Bay Lakers via hardship exemption, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Johnson went to training camp with the Bulls.
KC Johnson: Can confirm the Bulls are signing Stanley Johnson via a hardship exception, per source, which @Shams Charania had 1st. Johnson may not join team until Miami.
KC Johnson: Bulls make official the Stanley Johnson, Alize Johnson and Matt Thomas signings and also announce they signed Tyler Cook and Ethan Thompson. Cook is a 6-8 F with 45 games of NBA experience. Thompson is a 6-5 G from Oregon St. who played for Bulls summer league squad.
Bobby Marks: Contract info on the signings in Chicago: Stanley Johnson, Ethan Thompson and Matt Thomas are non-guaranteed. Alize Johnson has a $250K guarantee if no waivers by 10/19. His second year has a 7/2 guaranteed date. 13 guaranteed and 4 non
KC Johnson: Can confirm Stanley Johnson has signed with the Bulls, which was first reported by @Shams Charania. Johnson adds another defensive-minded wing as the 14th contract plus Devon Dotson’s two-way deal. Bulls have one roster spot open if they fill it and one two-way.
Shams Charania: Free agent forward Stanley Johnson has agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bulls, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Michael Scotto: In other news regarding the Nets, it seems the team could have some interest in former lottery pick Stanley Johnson. He’s been around team members and staff out in Southern California. He’s working out with those guys, HoopsHype has learned.
Josh Lewenberg: To no surprise, Raptors' Stanley Johnson has exercised his player option ($3.8M) for next season.
Bobby Marks: Monday deadline for player options Anthony Davis: $28.8M DeMar DeRozan: $27.7M Mike Conley Jr. : $34.5M Evan Fournier: $17.0M Robin Lopez : $5.0M Nic Batum: $27.1M Tony Snell: $12.2M Stanley Johnson: $3.8M Wesley Matthews : $2.7M My guess is we go 7/9 on opt-in
Shams Charania: Sources: The Pelicans have declined to extend a qualifying offer to forward Stanley Johnson, making him an unrestricted free agent. Johnson, 23, is a strong defender and will receive interest from several teams. Allows Pelicans to now have upwards of $28M in open space.
May 25, 2022 | 8:35 pm EDT Update
Tim Reynolds: The moment of silence ended with this: “The Heat urges you to contact your state senators by calling 202-224-3121 to leave a message demanding their support for common sense gun laws.” Some fans applauded as that was announced.
May 25, 2022 | 7:51 pm EDT Update
Jared Weiss: Marcus Smart’s ankle will allow him to move “good enough” per Ime Udoka after testing it at shootaround. “He has enough movement where he’s not restricted in certain areas like a few days ago.” Said Smart can play through the pain.
Andy Larsen: Jazz announce their first draft workout tomorrow. Six players will take part: · R.J. Cole, Connecticut · Tyson Etienne, Wichita State · Johnny Juzang, UCLA · Jared Rhoden, Seton Hall · Akoldah Gak, Australia · Trevion Williams, Purdue
According to sources, Terry Stotts was asked previously if he would have interest in joining the Lakers as an assistant should he not be hired as a head coach. Stotts, sources said, told the team that he has no interest in a role as a lead assistant. Stotts was approached about joining Frank Vogel in that role last season on the Lakers’ bench and also declined, sources said.