Apr 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Wesley Johnson (11) dunks on a break away during the second quarter action the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers sign Wes Johnson to 1 year, $1 million deal

After securing an agreement from Xavier Henry this afternoon, the Lakers filled out their roster by bringing back Wes Johnson at the veterans minimum, according to sources.

Johnson had his best season last year, putting up averages of 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1 block a game. His athleticism lent himself to a handful of amazing plays, both offensively and defensively. The high-flyer was the receiver of many alley-oops and the deliverer of many highlight real blocks.

With the signing, the Lakers officially have 12 players either signed or committed to contracts, with Ryan Kelly still having a qualifying offer extended his way. Should he accept the offer, the Lakers roster would reach the maximum 13. However, as we learned last year, with one of those spots belonging to Steve Nash, there is still uncertainty.

Still, the Lakers got fantastic value on the deals of their role players, paying Ed Davis, Carlos Boozer, Xavier Henry, and Wes Johnson a combined $7.25 million, well below expected value.

Now, with the roster set, the Lakers can move forward and set their eyes on next year, which will be a difficult season similar to last season. With a better roster and (hopefully) better health, the Lakers can be competitive, but a playoff run is questionable at best.

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