REPORT: LA Clippers trade Wesley Johnson to Pelicans for Alexis Ajinca
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the L.A. Clippers have traded Wesley Johnson to the New Orleans Pelicans for center Alexis Ajinca.
The Clippers are in advanced trade discussions to acquire Alexis Ajinca from New Orleans in exchange for Wes Johnson, league sources say
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 15, 2018
Wesley Johnson is owed $6 million for the 2018-19 season and was one of the players likely to not make the opening day roster for the Clippers. In acquiring Ajinca, L.A. will save approximately $800,000 and waive the center. Additionally, L.A. will also waive Jawun Evans to trim their roster down to 15 players.
New Orleans is acquiring Clippers forward Wesley Johnson in a trade for center Alexis Ajinca, league sources tell ESPN. Clippers will waive Ajinca and guard Juwan Evans to get to 15 for opening night.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 15, 2018
The Clippers will save $849K by swapping out Wesley Johnson for Alexis Ajinca and are now $3.9M below the luxury tax. Both players are in the last year of their contract. Los Angeles will have $5.3M in Ajinca and $1.4M for Juwan Evans counting against… https://t.co/0cTQ4DN65l
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) October 15, 2018
The Clippers had 17 roster occupied and needed to make two cuts by 2PM pacific today. They’ve now done that, and their opening day roster is set.
#Clippers opening day roster:
PG – Pat Beverley/Shai Gilgeous-Alexander/Ty Wallace/ Milos Teodosic
SG – Avery Bradley/Lou Williams/Jerome Robinson
SF – Tobias Harris/Luc Mbah a Moute/Sindarius Thornwell
PF – Danilo Gallinari/Mike Scott
C – Marcin Gortat/Montrezl Harrell/Boban
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) October 15, 2018
Meanwhile, the Pelicans have needed some depth on the wing, as they’ve often had shooting guard E’Twaun Moore play the small forward position.