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Clippers’ Wesley Johnson exercising player option for next season

Wesley Johnson

L.A. Clippers small forward Wesley Johnson will exercise his $6.1 million player-option for next season, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. This will be the third of a three-year, $18 million deal for the Syracuse product.

As was the case with Indiana Pacers point guard Cory Joseph, the NBA will enter into a recessive market in the 2018-19 offseason. Besides some mega-signings of a few All-Star players, the market will be relatively tepid for the rest of would-be-free-agents, making staying the smart choice for many in the last season of their contract.

Johnson bounce back from a miserable 2016-17 season, posting 5.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.0 steals per game in this recent campaign, logging 40 starts in 79 games this season, the most since his two-year stint with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 6-foot-7 forward will enter his fourth year with the Clippers organization, but will play a reduced role if Tobias Harris remains with the team next season.

Johnson is largely viewed as a utility player, without any real offensive strengths, benefitting from his long wingspan and his defensive abilities.