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Lakers Rumors: Re-Signing Wes Johnson Not Considered A ‘Top Priority’

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As one of the many new faces in Los Angeles this season, Wesley Johnson was a former lottery pick that never seemed to reach his potential on the NBA level and was looking to make an impression with the Lakers.

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Unfortunately, despite some flashes of promise, Johnson never really made that impression and as a result may not be re-signed in the off-season according to Mark Medina of the L.A. 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.

Heading into the off-season, the Lakers brass will have a lot of tough decisions to make in terms of which players should be re-signed. Along with Johnson, the Lakers will have to decide whether to re-sign Jodie Meeks, Jordan Hill, Xavier Henry, Chris Kaman and Pau Gasol.

Meeks, Henry and Johnson have all expressed interest to return while the rest of the players mentioned will likely test the free agent market. Gasol also hasn’t ruled out a return to the Lakers, but will be gauging interest around the league.

Nick Young is also a big question mark with the veteran set to opt-out of his deal with the team. Young wants to come back next season, but will receive lucrative offers elsewhere that the Lakers will have to compete with if they want to retain him.
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  • Redemption4LA

    I would not make him a priority either. The word potential when discussing Wes is all but dead. If ever there was a season or a team (as bad as LA in 2013-14) to capitalize on that potential this was the opportunity for him. He is definitely athletic, however it feel it’s my observation he lacks a mental toughness or killer instinct. The same instinct that Bazmore was showing making the most of the opportunity. He is a talent and can serve a role but to truly fulfill that potential he has to take his mental to another place. With that said I wish Wes the best he seems like a good guy.

    • Chrmngblly

      We don’t have to actually kill him and dump the body somewhere, do we? Couldn’t we bring him back for a year at the minimum and see if the D league boys can figure him out? He seems like such a superior athlete.

  • Jim213

    Wes has been one of the one’s who’s failed to capitalize on the opportunity. Thought we’d see the best of him this season but his inconsistencies show. Wherever he goes which him well as his issues lie more so mentally than physically IMO.

    • ra

      Yeah, ‘not top priority’ == ‘bottom priority’ = ‘not re-signing’. It will happen to others on this team too. More ‘not top priorities’.

    • Dino Madness

      He’s in dire need of some self hypnosis using NLP. You would think with the money he’s made in the NBA he would spend a few hundred dollars and fix his mental issues. You can actually do self hypnosis for free at youtube, all you need to do is use the search using key words like Relax Hypnosis or Confidence Hypnosis and you will find many good regular hypnosis and NLP hypnosis sessions. Wes should take some NLP courses because he can definitely afford it but I guess some people are unaware they can help themselves or they are to full of themselves to try something different than what they have been doing.

      • Jim213

        It’s more than that confidence starts from one’s youth days. But I remember he was one of the few players at the practice facility (summer 2013) trying to improve his game.

        Wes has the ability which goes for athleticism but one shouldn’t fear failure especially if you leave it all out on the floor given other teams are watching and looking for effort mostly for role positions.

        • Dino Madness

          I think he’ll get a job some where in the NBA but I think Wes can do so much better than the minimum if he can invest time in himself and fix some of those mental issues he has. Confidence can be significantly improve with hypnosis but like anything that’s worth while, time needs to be invested and do a lot of research in hypnosis to find good self hypnosis recordings and spend maybe years to change that negative programming that was place there early in a person’s development.

      • nlruizjr

        question, where were these mental issues when Wes was playing college ball and ranking a #4 pick ? I definitely think he has the potential and he does have a problem and maybe hypnosis may help but I just don’t understand why he didn’t have this mental problem in college.

        • Moveover Andbark

          Mental…ok, granted he is probably young, and perhaps not as mature even as his age may dictate. But he’s in thee NBA!!! He has an agent, he had full access to team facilities, personnel. Somewhere along the line there probably was a disconnect, (D’Antoni’s presence surely did not help). Kobe’s absence did not help. Is the minimum a million now??? If he could get that from the Lakers he should take it. Should/will the Lakers offer even that….I think they will take their time…and if he has offers, he may take one, and skip out of town, perhaps even saying he didn’t get a real fair chance to show his skills in LA, which we know is not true. Dude has to grow up apparently. If Phil were around still, I think he would have given Wes a “Dr. Seuss” book, and that isn’t necessarily an insult, because more can be read than just taking it at face value.

  • Vern

    I’d rather have Wes for 1 million a year than Luol Deng for 10.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      it’s like saying you would rather have Henry for 1M than Kobe for 24M…. there is a reason why teams pays Deng and Wes not. If you are going to be contented with mediocrity, then you have no business being a lakers fan, you might as well become a raptors or bobcats fan…. pardon me for being blunt… but championship is not won by taking in average talent… you got to pay for talents…

      • Guest

        pretty much.

      • Dustin

        Not really a good comparison.. i would also take wesley johnson over luol deng. kobe over henry is a given. who wouldn’t choose kobe?

    • Shannon

      That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.

      • Chrmngblly

        No it isn’t. The dumbest thing we have all heard is that there was no place for Phil Jackson in the Lakers organization. If there is a place for Jim Buss….

        • Josh

          If I owned the Lakers, and someone else wanted my job…

          • Chrmngblly

            Wow! Is that the level you play at?

          • Josh

            Maybe some day. I’m busy underachieving for now. :)

          • Chrmngblly

            :-)

          • Chrmngblly

            If you owned the Lakers, would you choose yourself or Phil Jackson to oversee the players and coaches? You are the owner, either way.

          • Josh

            If I am the owner, and I believe I am capable of making those decisions, I do not hire Phil to take my job. I hire a team to help me scout, but I make the calls. I sure as heck don’t hire someone who thinks he is bigger and badder than me to do it for me.

          • Chrmngblly

            That is exactly my point. The best owners and managers in the world are able to hire better people than themselves. That is part of what makes them “world class”. This is not a small thing. It means the Lakers can only hire people who are not as good or as sharp as Jim Buss. See what I mean? His ego won’t allow it even though the team might be better off if he could.

          • Josh

            Hiring someone better than you is one thing. Hiring someone with Phil’s ego and who is idolized the way he is is much different. There also is no reason to think Phil would be any good in a front office position. I will be shocked if he is able to turn the Knicks around with their salary cap situation and his age/health. I say he retires before they make it to the second round of the playoffs again.

          • Chrmngblly

            Wrong. There is every reason to believe Phil will succeed. The only yardstick we have is how successful people have been in the past. Phil is the most successful basketball guy anyone has ever seen. You can try and tear Phil down, if you want, but choosing a beach-bum, ne’er-do-well with no success in the past at anything over him would seem foolish to most of us.

          • Josh

            Managing rotations and studying film are very different from scouting players and negotiating contracts. We’ll see how Phil does, but my expectations are low. Pat Riley and Larry Bird have successfully made the jump, so there is hope for him.

            I still say there is no way he serves his full contract. Five years is a long time.

          • Chrmngblly

            Geez. Well, you can say anything you want.

          • New Power House

            Phil has an ego of about 13 rings as a player and coach. Jimbaco is just lucky to be the sun of a great owner.

          • Joseph Apohen

            I think Phil’s ego is the reason there was no position for him with the organization. He might be hard to get along. I believe he is the reason Jerry West left the franchise. Beside What qualifies him for a position in the front office beside the knowledge of X’s and O’s? Josh, I tend to agree with you with regards to what you said about the Knicks.

          • Chrmngblly

            I can see how Phil would get a large ego, can’t you? Anything he ever touched turned to gold, you know. But owners who can afford to join the “club” almost all have had lives of such accomplishment that they have their own strong egos and are not so threatened by Phil as the spoiled children of the Buss family.

            Magic put his finger on that exact issue inside the Lakers. He said Jim Buss was always having to prove he could do it, rather than being able to set aside his own ego.
            The trouble is the Lakers will only be able to hire second tier coaches and will have much more difficulty inspiring confidence in superstars who otherwise would wish to come play for the Lakers.

            Xs and Os? If you think Xs and Os is why PJ has 13 rings, you have the understanding of an orangutan.

            Coaching is about getting players, with their own big egos, to do what it takes to win. To the players, that always means sacrificing yourself for the good of the team, not just during games, but when they train year round. They call that “buying in”. PJ is a master of the people part of the game.

            All of that is going to apply to the dysfunctional FO of the NY Knicks—and could have benefited the Lakers. PJ has a well earned swagger the Buss family should have incorporated into the Lakers—instead, we have the insecure Buss kids cowering and clinging-on to the jobs-for-life daddy gave them. If that isn’t dysfunctional, what is?

          • Joseph Apohen

            If you think that I have a brain of an orangutan because he only knows X’s and O’s, you have a brain of a flea. I think it was known long before someone let you in in this world of embeciles like you that massaging the egos of these athletes is one ingredient for success. It is not only the knowledge of how to massage their egos but also having the best players in the NBA such as MJ, Pippen, Rodman, Shaq, Kobe, and Gasol. I’d like to see Phil massage the egos of those playing for the Bucks and see if they can make the playoff. Next time you respond to anything here I suggest to have a bit of class. So far you have none.

          • Chrmngblly

            Well, I see you corrected your words where you called other people stupid. Tell me you didn’t edit that remark. I don’t like name calling. What I did say, is still there. I said, “if you think Xs and Os is why PJ has 13 rings, you have the understanding of an orangutan.” I stand by that comment. I think you know that it is right, too, there’s no need for your “brain of a flea” and “ebeciles like you” personal insults here. Why don’t we get MDA to massage the egos of the Bucks, since he will be free soon to get started? There is still so much more to it than you indicate by calling it ego massaging—I call it managing and leading.
            I am not usually up for having fights with people I don’t like, and then only in fun. I never name-call except in jest and when it is someone I know can take it—like DP. I call him a pompous windbag, which he is, and he probably knows he is a little pompous and windy. But you, I have no interest in even further messing with if you will hold back on the name-calling.
            You are also just wrong to underestimate PJ and what he does. I hope we both agree by now the least of it is Xs and Os.

  • Lakers Fan

    Johnson’s problem is he lacks confidence. Earlier in the season, I thought we would finally see Johnson develop into the player selected 4th overall. With D’Antoni being the coach and having his freelance system implemented, this was the perfect opportunity for Johnson to breakout and become a decent player. He has the athletic ability, but do not know how to be consistent with his game. He is still young and has room to develop. I just doubt he will ever live up to being the player selected 4th overall. I hope he eventually finds success, because he has the physical tools to be a good player.

    • Joseph Apohen

      He may never succeed if he continues being passed around from one club to the other where every new team is another learning process. However, if given the opportunity to stay with one team for two or three years, it might work. This mean signing him for two years for $7m?

  • vdogg

    wes johnson lacks heart and toughness. he is a phenomenal athlete. but he never takes the ball to the rim from the perimeter, choosing either to pass it out or pull up. happy trails, wes. hope you enjoyed your one season in p & g.

    • TheZuluNation

      you can thank D’Antoni for that. with the right system Wes will be better. i can see a contending team picking him up for their bench.

      • Josh

        Why thank D’Antoni for that? Jodie Meeks used to be only a spot-up shooter, but under MDA he has added to his game and now drives to the basket for layups and floaters as well. Everyone puts MDA in a box and assumes he makes players do nothing but shoot jumpers, but that is not the case at all.

        Thank Wes Johnson for it. It’s not like he was a great player before playing for D’Antoni.

        • Chrmngblly

          Actually he was pretty good in college, Josh.

          • Josh

            So was Christian Laettner…

            I never saw Meeks in college. All I know is he sucked in the NBA before this season. He should be considered for most improved.

          • Josh

            Oh, I guess you mean Wes was good in college? Yeah, he was. But D’Antoni isn’t the only coach he has underachieved for since then.

          • Chrmngblly

            I see you as an underachiever, too, Josh. I thought you would at least be the head of a railroad or something, by now. I guess we have all had our disappointments in life, haven’t we?

          • Josh

            Yes, I am an underachiever. But I don’t blame Pringles for it.

          • Chrmngblly

            Maybe you are, Josh, but I didn’t write those words. They came from the TV movie, Lonesome Dove, regarding shoveling shit….It seemed appropriate in this case…:-)

        • Shannon

          But you’re assuming Meeks’s improvement is due to D’Antoni. It isn’t. Jodie wants to be better and worked hard to get better and it paid off. Same as Jordan Hill. They worked on their games.

          • Josh

            I’m not saying MDA is solely responsible for a player getting better. People want to blame MDA for everything that’s wrong with the Lakers but won’t give him any credit for anything that’s gone right. This season has seen so much improvement and overachievement from several players–Meeks, Hill, Bazemore, Marshall, Young, Sacre. They’re all having the best seasons of their careers, and you want to assume the coach had NOTHING to do with it?

          • Shannon

            I didn’t say nothing but they are basically allowed to go out and do whatever they want, they had zero discipline. I don’t really see that as a positive. The guys you named the only ones who had real improvement were Bazemore, Meeks and Hill. Meeks and Hill because they chose to work hard and Bazemore just never had an opportunity. Nick was always a decent player. Sacre and Marshall are not great to me, plus Marshall was already dropping dimes in the D-League. They are the second worst team in defense and their offense? Well yeah I suppose D’Antoni can get credit for that since he lets them shoot nonstop until their hearts content.

          • Josh

            Nick Young had the highest PER, True Shooting %, and Usage Rate of his career and second highest offensive rating and win shares of his career this year. Six months ago, there wasn’t a team in the NBA that wanted Marshall, and now half of Lakers Nation wants him to be the starter going forward for this team. Robert Sacre has had astronomical improvement in nearly every advanced metric this season over last year.

          • Shannon

            kk

          • nlruizjr

            It’s like making a chocolate cake and not knowing how to melt the chocolate (play defense).

    • nlruizjr

      never takes it to the rim, ha, ha, ha, where were you on his slam dunks out taking a s##t, smh !!!!

  • Tim Stafford

    Bazemore, Farmar, Marshall, Young, and Meeks, along with Hill are my top 5, and they are all in their 20′s. Next to them, I like Pau, Marshall, Johnson, and Brooks along with Henry. This is my 2nd tier, given injuries or age. Nash, Kobe, and Kelly should be locks to come back. Kaman I would let go

  • Joseph Cayemitte

    Not at the top of the list to stay but if he is stay, they should consider it at least a little

  • Ico

    the only guy with consistent D in the team, I would keep him.

    • Spitfire

      Consistent D?! LOL…

    • Josh

      By “consistent,” you must mean once every 3-4 games…

  • Guest

    The problem with Wes is that he was drafted at 22 years old. So he is 26 years old now, which in this league is old. For example Durant is still only 25. So the talk about Johnson’s potential needs to stop, he proved this year that he is who he is, and that he maxes out as an 8th or 9th man on a contender.

  • Polish Hammer Time

    If Jim Buss wants to take my advice and hand in friendship then great but if not this is my advice anyways please listen Lakers FO to the advice i have first off fire the Coach Mike D’Antoni he is a locker room cancer and a terrible coach.Hire a hardworking proven winner that can help turn this mess around fast.Renounce the rights to all the free agents and use the stretch provision on Steve Nash that’s a must for cap reasons,except just keep Ryan Kelly,Kendall Marshall,Kent Bazemore because they will be back for cheap because of a team option.

    That’s 3 players plus Kobe Bryant that makes 4 players now we need 9 more players minimum.So lets start off by drafting Marcus Smart at #6 assuming we have the 6th pick.So we now have a starting Point Guard for the next season and the long term future and 5 players now.Well lets hit free agency and sign Luol Deng for $8 million dollars per year a 4 year deal.Next up lets get a big man and that points to Marcin Gortat and we sign Gortat to a 3 year deal worth $6 million per season.

    Lets get Carlos Boozer off amnesty waiver claim at around $4 million dollars per season.Lets sign Lance Stephenson as our new combo guard that will provide the team with defense and we can shift him to the bench as our spark plug to ignite defense and energy off the bench and we pay Stephenson $9 million dollars per for a 4 year deal.Then lets go ahead and sign Emeka Okafor as the backup big man assuming he is healthy and ready to step in and play he gets the veteran minimum from us 1 year deal coming off injury.

    Then lets sign Jason Smith as the backup center and lets pay him $3 million dollars per season 3 year deal.Use the full mid level exception worth over $5 million dollars on Trevor Ariza and that’s a 5 year deal.Lets sign Mario Chalmers to a 3 years $4.5 million dollars per year contract.Then lets bring back Earl Clark for the veteran minimum.

    That’s the usual 14 players the Lakers FO loves carrying and it’s a well balanced roster full of defensive players willing to sacrifice their body to win games and these guys all play hard with all the guts and glory the Lakers fans are used to.No BS here all about winning now and no tanking just play hard and win.The Lakers need a defensive minded coaching staff and they need a well planned offense with this roster.This team would be in the playoffs for sure if Kobe Bryant is healthy for most the season and they could make noise in the playoffs if things go in the right direction.

    Lakers Roster If They Listen To Me 2014-2015

    PG Marcus Smart+Mario Chalmers+Kendall Marshall
    SG Kobe Bryant+Lance Stephenson+Kent Bazemore
    SF Luol Deng+Trevor Ariza
    PF Carlos Boozer+Earl Clark+Ryan Kelly
    C Marcin Gortat+Emeka Okafor+Jason Smith

    • Spitfire

      Giod thing Buss will never listen to a guy like you. Just play NBA 2K14 then do what you want to do.

      • Polish Hammer Time

        LOL it’s rumored the Lakers are targeting Luol Deng and Lance Stephenson it’s usually a article on here every other week or so about that on Lakers Nation.I am just saying what i would like but it doesn’t seem Ariza or Boozer have been brought up much for the Lakers i tossed that in.Just a opinion not a whole lot the Lakers can do this free agency class is LBJ,Bosh,Carmelo,Dirk,Pau and then the rest is all these type of players because it’s just the way the new CBA is things are rough out there in the NBA these days.Bledsoe and Monroe also Hayward are all restricted free agents and the Suns are very likely to match the Bledsoe offer if he gets a offer.

        • TheZuluNation

          It wouldn’t make sense for the Lakers to target Deng or Stephenson. Both will demand a lot of money and tie up the cap space to pursue top-tier FAs in 2016 and beyond.

          • Josh

            Target them and make an offer before deciding they are demanding too much money. I don’t think Stephenson is possible, but I think Deng would sign a 4 year deal for around $36 million ($8mil first year).

        • Chrmngblly

          Maybe Bledsoe. Other than that these pick-ups are all over-the-hill or middle of the road type players.

    • Dino Madness

      If the Lakers end up as the six worst team in the league that means they will be drafting at number 9 unless they win one of the top three spots in the Lottery. No way are you going to get Marcus Smart at number 9.

      • comrade24

        lots of misconceptions abou the draft. this being one of them

      • Josh

        If they finish with the 6th worst record (no ties), they will draft 1-3 or 6-9. Most likely 6-7, but the league office owes us, so I say we pick 2nd after the Suns (who played hard when everyone expected them to tank).

    • Josh

      That’s the first almost-reasonable plan I’ve seen someone post on here. The dollar figures are all reasonable at least. I don’t think it is possible, though, because that would put the Lakers payroll at around $70-71 million before adding Ariza, Okafor, and Clark. You left out Sacre, who is already under contract for next season. Also, I think the Lakers will only have the tax-payer MLE this summer since they are a tax-paying team this year.

      Instead of Stephenson, I think they can more reasonably bring Steve Blake back with the mini-MLE and resign Jodie Meeks for about the same. I don’t think the Bulls will waive Boozer. He keeps coming up, but I think the Bulls would have done so already if they were going to.

      Here’s my suggested revisions to your roster:

      PG Mario Chalmers | Steve Blake | Kendall Marshall
      SG Marcus Smart | Jodie Meeks
      SF Kobe Bryant | Kent Bazemore
      PF Luol Deng | Ryan Kelly
      C Marcin Gortat | Emeka Okafor | Robert Sacre

  • Polish Hammer Time

    Wes Johnson is a soft player he sucks on offense and he is lost out there.

  • PlayerHaters

    LOL STOP TROLLING LAKERSNATION THIS AINT A RUMOR. ITS A FACT!

  • Shannon

    Thank God!! He’s terrible. Bye Wes!

    • TheZuluNation

      Wouldn’t call him terrible per say. He is just inconsistent.

      • Shannon

        If he put on weight and did what he should do based on the limited skills he has, rebound, dunk and defend then yeah but he wants to be a 3 point shooter so bad and that’s not his shot. Maybe it’s D’Antoni’s doing but Wes needs to put on more weight/muscle, just run the floor, dunk lobs, rebound and become a better defender. He is a waste of athletic ability. I can’t name one thing he does well. Wait he dunks so I guess that’s one thing.

  • bob

    so the lakers could always host tryouts to determine who are the hungriest players for next year, and include kobe in them.

    yet nick thinks he has to win some unimportant regular season games to prove his worth.

  • Sti1lmatic

    No one on this roster is a sure shot for next season.

    Bryant is the ONLY person worth talking about for next season.

    • Josh

      Well, there’s always Kendall Marshall and Robert Sacre… :)
      Maybe Mitch can package Marshall in a trade to bring in an actual NBA talent.

  • Marty Susman

    They need to resign the BENCH… Sacre is the center, young, Farmar, Henry, Meeks & Hill..Those 5 need to re resigned for the bench….

  • comrade24

    This is the first thing the FO has said or done all year that actually makes sense. Let him walk, if we need to fill a roster spot then resign him for the minimum. We need to focus on retaining Young, Meeks, Hill, Farmar, and Bazemore. Of course they’ll bring back Marshall. Keep those and focus on upgrading starting lineup

    • Josh

      I don’t see any scenario where Jordan Hill comes back, and I’m not really sure he’s worth whatever contract he will get this summer. The others should all be resigned, and should get between $2-3.5 million each next season.

  • ersliva

    THE LAKERS NEED JOHNSON OFF THE BENCH FOR THEM NEXT YEAR….

  • Lakerfan

    Getting rid of this idiot should be the top priority

  • Moveover Andbark

    Who??? Wes Johnson had a few moments, but that’s not enough as stated in this article to make him a high priority. If he plays his cards right, maybe he can hope to sign for minimum and be on the roster in the 13-15 slots. Inconsistent player and he had minutes to show, so no excuses going forward. He took steps going back this year.

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