Johnson's re-signing seems to indicate that the Clippers are out of the running to land the top prize on the free-agent market, Kevin Durant, so the well-traveled former No. 4 overall pick will give the team some insurance on the wing. With Paul Pierce's performance taking a steep downturn last season and retirement this offseason a possibility, Johnson currently looks like the team's top candidate to start at small forward, but look for the Clippers to further address that position through free agency or a trade. Regardless of how it plays out, the 28-year-old Johnson should at least be a rotation piece for the Clippers after averaging 6.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.2 three-pointers and 1.1 steals across 20.8 minutes per game in 80 appearances last season.
Johnson has opted to decline his $1.2 million player option for the 2016-17 season, Brad Turner of the L.A. Times reports.
Johnson becomes the latest Clipper to decline his player option, as Austin Rivers did the same earlier Wednesday. However, despite opting to decline, Johnson is still interested in returning to the Clippers, but he's looking to be paid a bit higher with the current salary cap expected to increase. Whether he ends up with the Clippers or not, Johnson will likely see a slight bump in his pay and he very well could decide to join a team with more playing time available. Johnson saw nine starts over 80 games during the 2015-16 season, compiling averages of 6.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 1.1 steals over 21 minutes.
Wesley Johnson pitched in with 19 points (7-16 FG, 5-8 3Pt), two rebounds, two steals and a block over 35 minutes in Wednesday's 114-105 season-ending loss to the Suns.
With the majority of the Los Angeles Clippers ' first unit resting, Johnson garnered his third-highest allotment of playing time on the season. Accordingly, he parlayed the extended opportunity into his second-best scoring total of the campaign, draining his second-highest amount of threes in the process. The six-year veteran's experience and ability to provide scoring off the bench is likely to afford him a solid allotment of playing time in the postseason. He finished his first season in a Clippers uniform with averages of 6.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 blocks and 0.8 steals across 20.8 minutes.
Wesley Johnson scored five points (2-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt) to go with two steals, two blocks, and one rebound across 18 minutes during the Los Angeles Clippers ' 110-84 win against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.
Johnson didn't get much time on Tuesday, but he contributed well on the defensive end. Since the Clippers are resting Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and Jamal Crawford for Wednesday's season finale versus the Suns, Johnson is a decent bet to draw the start. Still, unless he plays heavy minutes, he's probably not worth targeting in most leagues.
Johnson drew back into the rotation after missing the previous two contests while nursing plantar fasciitis in both feet. The forward could draw a start in at least one of the Clippers' last two games if the team opts to rest some of their other regulars before the postseason begins, but even if that materializes, Johnson won't necessarily make for an ideal DFS target. His stats as a starter are only marginally better than what he's provided off the bench this season.
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