- Benjamin Gerstel
The Lakers added Stanley Johnson on a 10-day contract, adding depth to their line-up
After a rocky road to begin the 2021-2022 NBA season, Rob Pelinka and the Los Angeles Lakers have decided to make some changes. The Los Angeles Lakers have officially signed Stanley Johnson, to a 10-day contract.
With stud big man Anthony Davis out with a sprained MCL, and Kendrick Nunn out (knee/COVID-19 protocol), the Lakers needed to beef up their roster. Stanley Johnson’s athleticism is out of this world, and he provides a big frame that will surely make an impact in the interior.
The versatile two-way wing earned his second 10-day contract with the Lakers, after his first one expired on Monday, January 3rd, 2022. Throughout his games played, Johnson tallied a little under 6.8 points per game, 2.8 rebounds a game, and one steal in over 25 minutes per game of action.
As opposed to locking him in all season, Stanley’s 10-days give the Lakers some leniency within their roster. If god forbid, Johnson gets hurt or comes up with any health related issues like COVID-19, the Lakers would not have guaranteed him a roster spot. They’re also signing him for the minimum, which gives Pelinka a little more financial flexibility and stability. With Johnson being a veteran of the league now, his contract will likely be a bit more than the usual The 10-day contracts are paid based on experience and with Johnson’s nine years in the league, his contract should be worth more than a rookie or second-year’s 10-day.
Ultimately, Johnson has earned this second 10-day contract, and although the plan for him is still uncertain, it’s clear the Lakers organization has at least some type of faith in him. After their season has gone the way it has so far, with the Lakers not even being a top five seed, it’ll be interesting to see how this move affects them down the road.