Lakers Not Allowed To Sign Stanley Johnson After Being Waived By Spurs
Stanley Johnson, Lakers
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, one of the most unexpected surprises for the Los Angeles Lakers came in the form of wing Stanley Johnson. The Lakers originally signed Johnson to a 10-day contract and he performed so well that the team would sign him to two more before eventually giving him a two-year deal.

Johnson’s numbers with the Lakers don’t jump off the page as he averaged 6.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 48 games, 27 of those being starts. But he was a constant source of energy for the team and would often change the course of games with his effort. This past offseason, the Lakers traded Johnson and Talen Horton-Tucker to the Utah Jazz for Patrick Beverley and he was subsequently waived by the Jazz and eventually signed with the San Antonio Spurs.

Johnson has now been waived by the Spurs, seemingly opening up the possibility for the Lakers to bring Johnson back considering they have an open roster spot. But according to NBA reporter Marc Stein, league rules prevent the Lakers from signing Johnson:

The reason for this is that the Lakers remain the last team to trade Johnson, making him ineligible to sign there. Had the Jazz traded him to the Spurs, rather than waiving him, this rule would not apply and the Lakers would be able to sign him should they want to.

It should be noted that there haven’t been any rumors or reports suggesting the Lakers have interest in bringing back Johnson. But with them having an open roster spot after the trade deadline passed, a high-energy wing such as Johnson is a path the front office could have gone down. But ultimately, if the team does decide to scour the buyout market, it will have to be for someone other than Johnson.

Rob Pelinka discusses possibility of Lakers adding someone from the buyout market

And to that point, it is unclear whether the Lakers are even seriously looking to add a player in the buyout market. Lakers vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka recently spoke on the possibility and it is far from a guarantee.

Pelinka said that it is no guarantee the front office will sign another player to fill that final roster spot, but if the team sees the opportunity to fill a need and the right player becomes available, they will look into it.

Have you subscribed to our YouTube channel? It’s the best way to watch player interviews, exclusive coverage from events, participate in live shows, and more!

You May Also Like

Recap: Lakers Battle But Suffer Tough Loss To Timberwolves At Home

The Los Angeles Lakers returning home on Friday night, getting Anthony Davis back in the lineup against the Minnesota Timberwolves…

Lakers Escape Boston With Overtime Victory, Beat Celtics 88-87

The Los Angeles Lakers headed to Boston for the fourth of their…

Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard Says Multiple Paul George Deals On The Table

There was a ton of wheeling and dealing on draft day as big names were moved and draft picks were swapped…

Are The Lakers’ Off-Season Upgrades Enough for a Championship?

The Lakers have (somewhat) quietly made some huge additions this off-season, but…