The Los Angeles Lakers took a flier on Wesley Johnson earlier this year, hoping the former first round pick would live up to his potential.
And while that may a bit outlandish to expect, Johnson has been very serviceable for the Lakers this season and would like to return.
That may be in the cards as earlier today, it was reported that the Lakers will likely patch together a roster for the 2014-15 season before hitting the stocked 2015 free agent market.
Johnson joined the Lakers last summer on a one-year deal worth around $1 million, eager to shed his reputation as a bust after the fourth pick of the 2010 NBA draft had uneventful seasons in Minnesota and Phoenix. Johnson has carved out a niche with the Lakers. But has he also carved out a future with them?
“I want to come back,” Johnson told this newspaper. “Hopefully they feel the same way. I’ll have to continue to prove myself and show I can play hard.”
The Lakers will likely have some high quality youth on their roster and the return of Kobe Bryant at minimum next season, so it’s not known what type of role he’d have but it doesn’t sound like he’s too concerned.