NBA Experience: 2 years
Contract Status: Free Agent
2010-11 Averages: 4.2ppg, 1.3apg, 36% FG, 33% 3PT, 90% FT
Umm…yeah…so the Lakers lost Devin Ebanks to injury, they needed a new body to fill a roster spot so…bam! Heeeeerrrrrrrrresssssss’s Trey Johnson.
The only thing more shocking than the Lakers’ exit from the playoffs was Johnson’s entrance in said playoffs. Trey was one of the first men off the bench for Phil Jackson in the opening game of the 2011 playoffs. Otherwise there wasn’t too much to talk about with regards to Johnson’s brief stint as a Laker.
The former SWAC player of the year is a scorer pure and simple. Before being recalled from Bakersfield in the D-League, Johnson was dropping 25 a night in the NBA’s second tier. He had a brief cup of coffee with Cleveland back in ’08 and played one game with Toronto in 2011 before finding his way to the Lakers.
Life in the NBA is difficult. No matter what you hear during the lockout, not every player that suits up in an NBA uniform is a millionaire. Just ask Johnson and the countless others that are lucky to see a 10-day contract or two during the year.
After drafting two guards, it seems unlikely the Lakers will make an offer to Johnson. Perhaps he’ll get a camp invite but otherwise his prospects of being a Laker again are pretty slim.