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NBA Free Agency: Lakers reportedly pick up option on Stanley Johnson

When signed on a hardship waiver midway through the season, few could have predicted Stanley Johnson would become such an integral part of the Lakers rotation. First, he earned himself a guaranteed contract with the Lakers and now has earned himself a second year with the team as the team has reportedly picked up his $2.3 million team option for the 2022-23 season, according to Jovan Buha of The Athletic.

Only an unforeseen set of circumstances saw Johnson even signed by the Lakers as a COVID outbreak led to him receiving a 10-day contract that began on Christmas Day against the Nets.

He immediately made an impact in that game and in the Lakers rotation. The franchise’s roster was starving for athleticism and length on the perimeter, two things that Johnson brought to the table. As a result, Johnson was retained on 10-day deals a number of times before eventually agreeing to a guaranteed contract through the rest of the season.

His impact was felt throughout the season, reaching far past his raw statistical output. A glimpse at the 6.7 points per game, 3.2 rebounds or 31.4% 3-point shooting would indicate a fairly ho-hum season but he changed how the Lakers played on the season, opening up the possibility of small ball that led to success at times on the year.

Never was that more apparent than in the team’s comeback win over the Jazz in mid-January, a game in which he dominated the fourth quarter against Rudy Gobert. That he finished with the third-best net rating on the team from Christmas Day on is a better indicator of his role on the team.

While his limitation still exist — namely in his lack of dependable outside shooting — Johnson revitalized his career with the Lakers. Now, he’ll look to build on his role from last season and continue making an impact with his defense, athleticism and intensity.

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