Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 2 months ago

Johnson had an up-and-down season with the Lakers, struggling to find a consistent role for much of the season under new coach Byron Scott. The former lottery pick averaged 9.9 points, 1.2 three-pointers, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.6 blocks in 30 minutes through 76 games. He shot 41 percent from the field on 9.1 attempts and 80 percent from the line on 1.5 attempts.

Johnson was a hidden gem last season, playing power forward under Mike D'Antoni, ending the season as one of only two players to average at least 1.0 block, steal and three-pointer per game. Shifting down to his more natural position on the wing, Johnson could not replicate those numbers, despite playing more minutes per game. With the Los Angeles roster far from set in concrete, and Johnson himself, an unrestricted free agent, his fantasy value for next season remains up in the air. Wherever he ends up, if Johnson can garner 30 minutes a night, he becomes an interesting fantasy option for the hard to acquire fantasy stats, but it's unlikely he'll find himself on a team as talent-poor as this year's iteration of the Lakers.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 3 months ago

Johnson (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Kings.

Johnson will sit out the regular season finale, and he'll end the season with averages of 9.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 29.5 minutes. The forward is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 3 months ago

Johnson (ankle) is officially listed as doubtful for Wednesday's season finale, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports.

He did make the trip with the Lakers to Sacramento on Monday to continue to receive treatment, but it appears as if he'll remain out with a sprained ankle. Either Ryan Kelly or Jabari Brown will likely take his place in the starting lineup.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 3 months ago

Johnson (ankle) will travel with the team to Sacramento on Monday, but will not play, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.

Johnson was initially expected to skip the team's trip to Sacramento, but he will instead join the club and receive treatment from the training staff. While he won't play Monday, it's still possible he'll rejoin the lineup for Wednesday's regular season finale. Either Ryan Kelly or Jabari Brown are expected to start at small forward in his place.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 3 months ago

Johnson (ankle) is not expected to travel to Sacramento for Monday's game against the Kings, Mark Medina of the LA Daily News reports.

Johnson sprained his ankle shortly before halftime of Sunday's loss to the Mavericks, but he did first manage to put up 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-5 3PT), a rebound and two assists in 20 minutes. He's likely done for the season, as the Lakers' only remaining games are both against the Kings, on Monday and then Wednesday. Coach Byron Scott has been using an eight-man rotation, so Johnson's minutes will need to be divided between multiple players. Jordan Clarkson, Jabari Brown and Ryan Kelly all logged 39 or more minutes in Sunday's loss, with Dwight Buycks chipping in 24 off the bench. Given that all of the Lakers' other healthy players strictly play power forward and/or center, Kelly could get a lot of run as the nominal small forward in the final two games.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 3 months ago

Johnson left Sunday's game against the Mavericks at halftime with a moderate left ankle sprain, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.

Johnson has been ruled out for the remainder of the contest, after putting up 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-5 3PT), a rebound and two assists over 20 minutes in the first half. The Lakers are already paper-thin on the wing, and they've been using an eight-man rotation that relies heavily on Johnson, Jordan Clarkson, Ryan Kelly and Jabari Brown. If Johnson can't return for Monday's game in Sacramento, the Lakers will divide his minutes among their remaining healthy players, with Dwight Buycks likely to get the largest bump. Clarkson and Brown have already been getting minutes in the high-30s.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 3 months ago

Johnson grabbed a double-double with 11 points, 15 rebounds, one assist, and one block in 38 minutes of action Friday against the Blazers.

Johnson's 15-rebound performance was an anomaly, but that doesn't mean his solid production elsewhere should be ignored. He's averaging 10.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.0 blocks over the last five games -- numbers that would warrant ownership in 14-man leagues and competitive 12-man leagues.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 4 months ago

Johnson scored 16 points (7-12 FG, 2-2 3Pt) with five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 39 minutes during Monday's loss to the Warriors.

After scoring just 12 points in his previous two games combined, Johnson was able to bounce back with a solid night. Nick Young (knee) doesn't seem likely to return within the next couple of weeks, if he plays again this season at all, so Johnson should continue to have modest, if inconsistent, fantasy value.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 4 months ago

Johnson (calf) contributed four points, three rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in 33 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

Johnson was dealing with a minor calf injury ahead of Thursday's game but it didn't hold him back from playing a full compliment of minutes against the Knicks. He should be available moving forward, barring any future injuries.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 4 months ago

Johnson (calf) went through shootaround and will play Thursday, Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News reports.

Johnson did not participate in Wednesday's practice due to a minor calf injury, and it sounds like it may have been more of a maintenance day. Coach Byron Scott said Johnson will be available Thursday, and he'll likely see his usual complement of 25-30 minutes. Johnson is riding a five-game double-figure scoring streak, and he's shooting 42 percent from three in March on 3.2 attempts per game.