Clutching his purple-and-gold No. 11 jersey, Wesley Johnson called joining the Los Angeles Lakers "a dream come true."

Johnson told a small gathering of media Thursday how he grew up a Lakers fan and that it fueled his desire to wear the colors of his childhood idols.

"Since I was younger, at 8 or 9 years old, I always wanted to be a Laker," said Johnson, who signed a one-year deal worth roughly $1 million.

Johnson came to the Lakers after playing two seasons with Minnesota and last season in Phoenix, where he struggled to show off the athleticism and quickness that made him the No. 4 overall draft pick in 2010 by the Timberwolves.

"I think this is one of the most important seasons of my life," Johnson said. "I'm coming out to show you the real Wes."

The Lakers are banking on it.

Johnson, a swingman, averaged 9.0 points a game as a rookie with the Timberwolves and dropped to 6.0 points a game his second season. Minnesota traded him to Phoenix, where he averaged 8.0 points in 50 games.