AFTER a series of 10-day hardship contracts, forward Stanley Johnson is set to sign a two-year deal to remain with the Los Angeles Lakers, multiple outlets reported on Wednesday.

Without a team to play for at the start of the season, Johnson first signed a 10-day deal with the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 10 because of the team’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak but did not get into a game.

With the Lakers in the midst of their own COVID-19 outbreak, they first signed Johnson on Dec. 24. He signed two more 10-day deals on Jan. 6 and Jan. 17. After he averaged 6.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14 games (six starts), the Lakers will keep him moving forward. Johnson, 25, scored a season-best 15 points during a victory against the Utah Jazz on Jan. 17 and has averaged 8.2 points with 3.2 rebounds over the last five games. — Reuters