Apr 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Wesley Johnson (11) dunks on a break away during the second quarter action the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Wesley Johnson not a priority for Lakers


Los Angeles Lakers’ small forward Wesley Johnson has really enjoyed his time in southern California. He is setting a career high for minutes per game while having the best season of his four-year career.

Johnson has told anyone that asks he would like to remain with the Lakers beyond this season. The Lakers, however, are not going to make Johnson a priority, according to Mark Medina of The Los Angeles Daily News.

But after Johnson had three uneventful seasons in Minnesota and Phoenix after being selected fourth overall in the 2010 NBA draft, the Lakers feel lukewarm about his development. While starting for the past four games because of Kent Bazemore’s season-ending right foot injury, Johnson shot only 16 of 37 from the field. Johnson, who made around $1 million this season, has said he wants to re-sign this offseason with the Lakers. But they don’t consider his return a top priority.

Johnson will be a free agent following the season and will likely have more suitors than many originally anticipated. Johnson is averaging 9.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per game this season.

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