Lakers News: Latest on Kobe Bryant, Kendall Marshall and More

So, the Los Angeles Lakers do have a pulse.

It's a strange time to be a fan of the franchise, to say the least. While Phil Jackson is working wonders—on paper, at least—in New York, Mitch Kupchak and his front office have ignored the instant-gratification desires of fans in favor of a traditional building approach.

Funnily enough, it's a strategy fans will likely thank him for in the long run. But right now? Pitchforks.

The Lakers missed on the big free agents and won't get a guy like Kevin Love. But there are transactions going down and other newsy items to examine, so let's take a look.


Wes Johnson Back in the Fold

Credit 27-year-old Wesley Johnson for one thing—he seized an opportunity and made the most of it.

Last year, with the roster decimated with injures, the Syracuse product was granted an average of 28.4 minutes per game, which allowed him to respond with career-high averages of 9.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

For his efforts, the Lakers have brought back Johnson on a one-year deal, per ESPN's Chris Broussard:

Good for Johnson, who had never truly been able to find a role in the pros after being selected No. 4 overall in the 2010 draft by Minnesota.

The Lakers are Johnson's third team in four years, and they may be his last for quite some time if he continues to improve at a noticeable clip in most areas:

It's only a one-year deal, sure, but that's more a product of the Lakers hoping to be major players in 2015 free agency than their unwillingness to commit to Johnson over the long haul. He's young, continues to develop and has improving outside shooting that makes him a valuable commodity.

Johnson won't see nearly as many minutes again next season, but he's a great developmental stash and role player.


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