Forward Stanley Johnson has been a solid pickup for the Los Angeles Lakers this season. Johnson has proven himself with the Lakers during multiple 10-day contracts, though the franchise had a decision to make on the young wing’s future. On Wednesday, the Lakers made a big roster move affecting Johnson’s future, as reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Forward Stanley Johnson has agreed to a new two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Johnson’s final 10-day contract expires Wednesday, but his contagious defense, energy and play earn him a guaranteed rest of the year.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 26, 2022
Stanley Johnson will remain with the Lakers for the rest of the year after signing a new deal with Loa Angeles. As Charania reported, Johnson’s effort on defense for the defensively challenged Lakers, as well as his overall energy, earned him a stay with Los Angeles in what is a huge move for the former Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors forward’s future.
Johnson has appeared in 14 games for the Lakers, averaging 6.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game in just 21.2 minutes. There’s a reasonable case to be made for more playing time for Johnson, which could certainly occur in the near future now that he’ll be in LA for the rest of the season.
It’s not an earth-shattering move made by the Lakers, though having Stanley Johnson, who has provided a much-needed spark off the bench, for the rest of the year certainly can’t hurt LA’s chances of making a climb up the standings.