The Los Angeles Clippers agreed to sign a long, athletic forward late Saturday night. His name is not Kevin Durant.
In a much more minor move than adding one of the best players of this generation, the Clippers will bring forward Wesley Johnson back on a three-year, $18 million contract, according to The Vertical. The third year of the deal is a player option. This seems fair for both sides.
Johnson has spent the last three years playing for the league minimum, first with the Los Angeles Lakers and then with the Clippers. Now Doc Rivers' front office has reportedly agreed to give him the full mid-level exception.
In 80 games with the Clippers last season, Johnson averaged 6.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 20.8 minutes, shooting 40.4 percent and 33.3 percent from deep. Those are not great numbers, but he increased his value by virtually eliminating midrange shots from his game and making 45 percent of his corner 3s. Six years into his career, it is clear that Johnson's best role is as strictly a 3-and-D role player. He was solid in that role for Los Angeles.
The Clippers also agreed to a three-year, $35 million deal with Austin Rivers on Saturday. These two moves signal that they're out of the Durant sweepstakes, so it looks like they'll try to make things work with a fairly similar roster next season.