According to Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan), the Lakers have agreed to terms with SF Wesley Johnson for a 1 year deal at the vet minimum.
Johnson is a 6’7″ forward who was the 4th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. Last year for the Suns, Johnson averaged 8 points per game in 50 games.
Johnson has underachieved since being drafted, however, he brings youth, length and athleticism to an older Lakers roster.
Sometimes it can take a couple years for young players to get settled in the NBA, and at the vet minimum for one season, Johnson is a good gamble.
A couple years ago when Johnson was drafted by the Timberwolves, Kobe was his mentor. Johnson stated: “It’s great, it’s a blessing,” Johnson smiled. “He really was one of my favorite players to watch growing up and he’s the best player, so I can’t even put in words how it speaks volume to him just looking after me, just giving me his advice and his own opinion of stuff I need to work on, and just him watching me. I just really appreciate it.”
Kobe also gave a quote about Johnson at the 2011 All Star practice: “Wes is a very talented young player and you know I spent a little bit of time with him after he got drafted and also over in London, and I think he has a lot of potential.”