Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 21 Days

Johnson (ankle) sprained his ankle in Wednesday's loss to the Bucks. He finished with seven points, four rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 18 minutes off the bench.

Johnson sprained the ankle in the first half and left the game, but he was able to play through it in the second half. He's averaged 28 minutes per game over his last five, despite coming off the bench. Considering that, it's hard to know if the Lakers limited Johnson's minutes as a result of his injury or if the Lakers' ever-changing rotation simply resulted in him playing less minutes Wednesday. Regardless, his averages of 9.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 1.2 three-pointers don't add up to enough production to warrant rostering in standard leagues. The across-the-board stats are nice, but Johnson simply doesn't do enough in the points, rebounds, and assists categories to make the rest of his contributions relevant.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 22 Days

Johnson will attempt to play on his sprained ankle Wednesday at Milwaukee, the Lakers' official site reports.

While the sprain is considered minor, Johnson's stay on the court could be a brief one, if it doesn't respond well. Any minutes that he yields will likely be picked up by fellow reserve Nick Young.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 22 Days

Johnson suffered a mild ankle sprain Wednesday at Milwaukee and is questionable to return, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Johnson is having his ankle iced and taped, but the treatment may not be enough to make another appearance in the contest. If not, he'll finish with five points (2-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt), two rebounds, and one assist in nine minutes.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 1 Month

Johnson was moved to the bench for Friday's game against the Spurs. During 26 minutes of action, he recorded six points (2-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block.

Johnson managed to contribute in all categories despite receiving the demotion to the bench Friday. Coach Byron Scott seems to be in experimental mode with his lineups at this point in the season so Johnson is not necessarily in the doghouse, but he's still a limited option that is best utilized in deeper leagues.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 1 Month

Johnson will come off the bench Friday against the Spurs.

Ryan Kelly will get the start in a big Lakers frontcourt Friday, but Johnson should still see significant run off the bench. However, it this turns out to be a permanent thing, Johnson's value could take a bit of a dip.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 2 Months

Johnson returned to action Sunday after sitting out the last three games with a hip injury. He put up a team-high 17 points (7-14 FG, 3-5 3Pt), four rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes.

Johnson received a few extra shots with Kobe Bryant chillin' out on the sideline again, maxin' all cool. With or without Bryant over the last two seasons, Johnson has been essentially the same consistently underwhleming but sneakily useful player. Through 34 games played this season, he's averaging 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers in 29 minutes per game.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 2 Months

Johnson (hip) will play and start against Portland on Sunday.

Coach Byron Scott openly acknowledged that Johnson would start upon his return to health, and this news is further confirmation of that expectancy. Johnson will be knocking Wayne Ellington out of the starting five in the long term, although Kobe Bryant's propensity to rest may leave Ellington in the starting lineup at times, despite Johnson's return.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 2 Months

Johnson (hip), who won't play Friday, is expected to practice Saturday in preparation to play Sunday against Portland, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.

Johnson's hip flexor has improved of late, and while he won't play Friday, his return to the lineup seems imminent. Coach Byron Scott already acknowledged that Johnson would retain his spot at starting small forward upon his return to health, so the only question left is when that will actually happen. Saturday's practice will be indicative of the 27-year-old's status moving forward.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 2 Months

Johnson (hip) will not play against the Magic on Friday, although he's expected to regain his spot in the starting lineup upon his eventual return to the court, the OC Register reports.

This will be the third straight game that Johnson stays on the sidelines with continued complications to his strained right hip flexor. However, coach Byron Scott was adamant that Johnson would recapture his starting small forward role with the team when he returns to health. His next opportunity to play will come against Portland on Sunday.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 2 Months

Johnson (hip) is considered questionable to play Friday against the Magic.

Johnson has missed the last two games due to a strained right hip flexor. The Lakers stated that Johnson will be reevaluated during Friday's morning shootaround, at which point it should become more clear whether or not he'll be in the lineup. Johnson averaged 11.0 points and 4.1 rebounds in 27.1 minutes per game in December and will likely continue producer similar numbers going forward.