There’s mutual interest between the Lakers and Stanley Johnson to reach a contract agreement, Dave McMenamin of ESPN tweets.
Johnson has been playing on a 10-day contract under the hardship exception but that expired on Monday. The Lakers currently have no players in the protocols but traditional 10-day contracts can be signed as early as Wednesday. Johnson could sign up to two traditional 10-day contracts, since the hardship contract didn’t count against those deals. The team could also bring back Johnson on a standard contract.
Johnson has averaged 6.8 PPG on 45.8% shooting, 2.8 RPG and 1.2 SPG in five games, including three starts. He has also made a strong impact with his defense.
Darren Collison‘s 10-day hardship deal also expired on Monday.
We have more on the Lakers:
- The club has an open roster spot due to the three-team deal that sent Rajon Rondo to Cleveland. That deal was made official on Monday. Los Angeles wasn’t eager to move on from Rondo but needed the roster flexibility, McMenamin writes. “It wasn’t like we wanted to depart from Rondo,” coach Frank Vogel said. “But it’s just one of those front office decisions that you have to make difficult decisions and to lose a guy like Rondo is obviously very difficult.”
- The Lakers could also open up another roster spot if they waive Avery Bradley before Friday, when his veteran’s minimum contract becomes fully guaranteed, McMenamin notes in the same story.
- Malik Monk, who is on a one-year, minimum-salary contract, has been making the most of his recent opportunities, Kyle Goon of the Orange County Register writes. Monk, who has averaged 20 PPG over the last five contests, was motivated by other teams’ lack of interest in the free agent market. “It kind of hit me hard when nobody really wanted me besides the Lakers, man,” he said. “So I just put fuel in my tank and just held it in until the time until I get time to play, man, and prove I can play for a long period of time. That’s what I’m doing right now.”
22 thoughts on “Lakers Notes: Johnson, Collison, Rondo, Bradley, Monk”
Malik deserves to be starting he’s been great, particularly with his 3 ball.
I like their recent move with Bron at centre that’s interesting. Then they can play a bunch of 3 and D guys around him and Russ which hopefully gets results.
I think once AD returns they need to find an effective way to stagger their three stars minutes so they aren’t all on the court at the same time cause they hasn’t been great. I can see Russ and AD doing good, LeBron and AD we know has done well in the past, and currently the Lakers have found a way to play Russ and Bron without AD.
Then it’s just about putting the right pieces around them to succeed. They have loads of options for the wings, Monk, THT, Nunn (once he returns), Ellington, Ariza, Johnson and Melo.
It’s been going round awhile now but I wouldn’t mind seeing them move off THT and getting another more experienced role player.
Don’t even need to shoot for the stars with a Jerami Grant even just a Robert Covington, Christian Wood, Terrance Ross, Harrison Barnes kinda guy.
Typical Laker fan grossly overvaluing their players. THT won’t get you Covington, Wood, Ross or Barnes. You can however be able to trade THT and $2 for a cup of coffee.
Typical hater, who do you think they can get for THT?
Simmons>Russ is a Sixers fan giving his take on the Lakers bruh!
THT’s contract is 10 MM a year. They’ve have to send over tons of coffee.
When Bill Simmons put THT’s contract in the top 10 worst, someone like John Wall & J.Isaac who have been sitting ranked behind. That means THT is such a negative value by getting on the floor.
He actually out THT as the 11th worst contract…..
which was 1 place better than Jimmy Butlers deal which isn’t even that horrible.
Who cares what one analysts says make up your own opinion.
SBNation Lakers Analysts Cooper Halpern ranked THT in the same Tier as JJJ and Haliburton.
CBS wrote an article about how an anonymous executive said he would’ve maxed THT out had he made it to FA.
And according to most reports up to 7 teams are interested in trading for him.
Just cause 1 person says it’s bad doesn’t mean it is. You can make up your own opinion of him.
A- Never listen to SbNation
B- Tht is awful, the only reason he’s not receiving a DNP every night is to try and offload him before Feb 10
As someone who watches every game Bill S is leagues closer to the bullseye than CBS/SbNation
You watch every game? Dam that’s crazy. Glad you have atleast made your own opinion and now just going around telling everyone what someone else thinks.
As for THT I believe most the reports out there that lots of teams would be interested in trading for THT. Kids only young and at times has shown to be a really good player but at the same time has been really poor.
If I were a team trading for him, I’d also be looking at how well Lonzo, Kuzma, Ingram, Caruso and other Lakers that have left have done well after leaving. Wouldn’t be surprised if THT got traded went to a team like Orlando and then started regularly dropping 18-6-6 or something like that. Then all y’all be like the Lakers should’ve never traded him blah blah blah
But hey that’s just my opinion
You’re the only one who likes to quote anonymous executives, drop references to SBnation and then belittles others for not having an opinion. But hey that just my opinion.
all you’ve done is say Bill Simmons said he’s got a top 10 worst contract (which is incorrect) and then gone on to say he has no value and blah blah blah. I just used those others bits of information to show you shouldn’t just read something and believe it to be the 100% the truth and let that be your whole opinion.
I guess your deductive reasoning leads us to a straight up trade for your Ben Simmons with THT since your quoting anonymous executive would max out THT. Oh sorry, your quoting the exec doesn’t mean it is.
That’s makes zero sense but whatever
Lakers view Horton Tucker as first overall nba draft pick
21 years old Tucker gets the same pay as 22 years old Luka Doncic or Anthony Edwards
Why didn’t the Lakers trade Tucker to Magic for next year first overall pick?
THT is no better than a GLeaguer. He can’t shoot, can’t play defense and has no athletism. Even know it all Bill Simmons ranked his contract as top ten worst. Lakers would be lucky to get a 2nd round pick for him.
THT has not looked very good this year. He looks like a 2nd team player on all teams not a starter. Not sure why laker fans think he is this great upcoming player when his numbers are more of a bench type player.
I made a mistake. Lakers would have to give up a 2nd Rd pick to get rid of THT.
Great comments. I agree!
As a Hornets fan, there’s a few reasons why Monk wasn’t retained here. One reason is that he lacked motivation and could be lackadaisical at times. I was a little surprised that no one wanted him in the off-season, simply because he’s still a young athletic player, but his drive is mediocre at best.
Tht was always fighting an uphill battle with his skill set. This wasn’t hard to spot for most
While the Westbrook gaffe get’s all the notoriety the THT over Caruso decision was a huge huge loss as well
Terrance Ross seems like a deal both teams might agree too. At least you’d get that 3rd year of Tht wiped (which he only accepts if its underwater ) if your a Laker fan. Thats how low the value has gotten today . He would be getting DNP’S Every night right now if the Lakers weren’t trying to rebuild some value
Yea THT is a ypung prospect with upside but thats not going to get you a star even with a 1st.. but 2x maybe…
Look for Lakers to try and acquire M. Smart from the Celtics. Cs are 5mil over the cap almost & will be sellers at deadline looking to acquire prospects & picks.
THT.. plus 2x Fut 1st Rd picks
M. Smart & a 2nd Rd pick sent back to LA.
That is base Trade.. look for Cs to move anyone except Tatum Brown & R Williams
I think that 2 1st round picks for Smart its waaay too much.
While i think THT its overrated and has regressed massively this year, he can still turn into a okish player.
I think Smart could be a good fit with the Lakers and it seems that the C’s have to move him sooner than later.