Los Angeles Lakers Roster News & Rumors For 2013-2014 Season: Wesley Johnson Signed
The Los Angeles Lakers are definitely working on rebuilding the team. In a distinct way of restructuring, the team is piling up affordable veteran deals, most recently adding Wesley Johnson to the list.
After losing Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets, the Lakers have gone on a hiring spree, signing Chris Kaman and Nick Young to one-year contracts. Now, according to a tweet from Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, the former Phoenix Suns shooting guard has joined the veterans on the L.A. team.
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"Lakers agreed to terms with SG Wesley Johnson...1-yr deal for vet's min of $1 mill," Bresnahan posted, adding that Wesley "was 4th pick in 2010 draft, played last season for PHX."
Wesley will come in as a handy replacement for Meta World Peace, who was earlier amnestied by the team. While the SG may not be the best option for scoring, he can provide good perimeter defense. In the 2012-2013 season, he averaged 8.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 19.1 minutes per game.
According to the Bleacher Report, the 6 foot 7 inch player can fill in both small forward and shooting guard positions, which will be very helpful to L.A. with the exit of World Peace and the uncertain return of Kobe Bryant.
The deal also seems to be in-line with the Lakers' goal to clear cap and make space for next year.
Wesley is expected to help the bench in the coming pre and regular season games.