The Los Angeles Lakers have recently been linked to a potential blockbuster deal for Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving. They're obviously keeping busy throughout the offseason as they look to bounce back in a major way in 2022-23.

Apart from adding some fresh faces to the squad, the Lakers are also making sure to keep some of their key pieces on board ahead of the new season. Apparently, this involves 6-foot-6 forward Stanley Johnson, who is now likely to remain with the squad for next year. This report comes via Michael Scotto of HoopsHype:

The expectation around the NBA is the Los Angeles Lakers will exercise the $2.35 million team option on forward Stanley Johnson. New Lakers coach Darvin Ham publicly stressed the importance of role players like Johnson. Johnson shot a career-high 46.6 percent with the Lakers.

Johnson signed with the Lakers last December as a free agent. He since made a significant impact on the team, averaging 22.8 minutes in 48 games played. He also started 27 times for LA last season.

New Lakers head coach Darvin Ham previously stated the importance of role players on the squad, and this includes the 26-year-old Johnson. He's no star, but it seems that Johnson could be an important piece for LeBron James and Co. this coming season.