Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 6 Days

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 6 Days

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 18 Days

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 18 Days

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 20 Days

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 20 Days

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 21 Days

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.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 24 Days

Johnson could return to the Lakers by the end of the week, ESPN.com reports.

After suffering a right hip flexor strain Sunday, Johnson was initially handed a recovery timetable of several weeks. However, coach Byron Scott stated otherwise Monday, thereby throwing a wrench in the picture. Potential return dates include Friday (against the Magic) and Sunday (versus the Blazers), but in any case, owners will seemingly be without the wing for only a week, at the most.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 24 Days

Johnson (hip) is expected to miss several weeks, the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan reports.

His recovery from a strained hip flexor, which he suffered Sunday, will be measured in weeks, not days, and he will likely be out until late-January. In the meantime, Nick Young will see an even larger role, especially Monday with Kobe Bryant sitting out the second game of a back-to-back. Wayne Ellington will also be asked to take on a larger role in the Lakers' offense while Johnson is out.

Wesley Johnson SG/SF LAL 25 Days

Johnson suffered a straight right hip flexor during Sunday's game against the Pacers, and he will not travel to Portland for Monday's matchup with the Trail Blazers, Janis Carr of the Orange County Register reports.

Johnson, who has started every game this season, did not come out of the locker room after halftime. With Kobe Bryant scheduled to miss Monday's game for maintenance, the Lakers will likely require major minutes from both Wayne Ellington and Nick Young, with point guards Jeremy Lin and Ronnie Price also candidates to see added playing time.