The Los Angeles Lakers officially signed Wesley Johnson on Monday night. Johnson signed a one-year deal for an undisclosed figure. The Lakers are continuing to re-vamp their team after the departures of Metta World Peace, Dwight Howard, Antawn Jamison, Earl Clark, among others.
Johnson was drafted 4th overall in the 2010 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves where he averaged around 9.0 ppg his rookie season and finished 6th among rookies that year.
Mitch Kupchak had this to say about the newly acquired Wesley Johnson:
[pullquote]“Wesley is a young, athletic player who runs the floor well and is an excellent defender. 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.”[/pullquote]
I believe Johnson will provide athleticism and a spark of youth right away off the bench. The Lakers were one of the oldest teams in the league last year, and already this off-season they have become significantly younger by adding talent such as Johnson, Nick Young and second-round draft pick, Ryan Kelly (expected to officially sign later in the summer.)
The Lakers look to run and gun more next season with younger shooters on wings, a style of play which caters to Mike D’Antoni’s system.
The one thing we know for sure is that the Lakers will be fun to watch, regardless of what their record will display. Count on youth and threes, which seems to be a trend growing quickly around the league.
This is an article by Mike Texidor. You can follow him on Twitter: @miketexidor21
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