Stanley Johnson showed last season that he can make an impact for a team trying to reach the playoffs, even if goal wasn’t achieved. Now he may get a second chance to show his value to a postseason contender.
The 6-foot-6 Johnson, 26, averaged 5.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 15.6 minutes per game for the Spurs, shooting 53.3 percent overall and a career-high 45 percent from 3-point range. San Antonio is 14-43 and more focused on tanking for a higher draft pick than competing for a playoff spot, though, and Johnson wasn’t considered part of those future plans.
By getting released, Johnson can sign with any team that might need a versatile wing off the bench. Last season he showed his mettle with the Los Angeles Lakers, starting 27 games and scoring in double-figures 13 times, but LA finished one game out of the play-in round in the Western Conference.
A first-round pick of the Detroit Pistons in 2015, Johnson has played for five NBA teams in eight seasons. He played the 2014-15 season at Arizona, averaging 13.8 points and 6.5 rebounds on a squad that reached the Elite Eight.