Wesley Johnson, Clippers Reportedly Agree to New Contract: Details, Reaction

July 2nd, 2016 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »
Settling into a role off the bench is often hard for a former top-five pick, but Wesley Johnson has emerged as a solid two-way reserve on the wing. The Los Angeles Clippers and Johnson agreed to a three-year, $18 million contract Saturday, per Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Johnson, 28, spent last season with the Clippers. He averaged 6.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game, shooting 40.4 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three-point range.

While the Syracuse product appeared in a career-high 80 games, he started a career-low nine.

Johnson had a $1.2 million player option for 2016-17 but declined it in search of a better, longer-term deal. He played for minimum salaries in each of the last three years after making more than $11 million during the first three seasons on his rookie contract.

Nothing about Johnson's game screams "irreplaceable," but in an era when the salary cap has ballooned to $94 million, as the NBA announced Saturday, he was due for a pay raise. Johnson lacks star power and doesn't have any overarching top skill, but he's decent at a lot of things. At 6'7", he's long and athletic enough to defend 4 ...

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