Johnson was the definition of a low risk, high reward signing. While he never has reached the potential most thought he had, he still is young and was very cheap. For a Lakers team short on small forwards, Johnson will get his chance to make an impact on the team. However, I’m not sure he’ll have much of one to make. He’s been a subpar shooter in his time in the league, yet doesn’t have explosive ability to attack the rim. He’s niche with this team would be a shooter, but it’s a matter of if he can do that.
It’d take a spectacular performance for Johnson to be back next year. He’s nothing more than a one-year rental on a “prove yourself” contract with the Lakers. If he fails once again, he’ll be running out of chances to even be in the league, let alone the Lakers.
VERDICT: Johnson will not be a Laker in 2014-15