Wesley Johnson heads to Europe, signs with Panathinaikos
After failing to secure an offer from any NBA team this offseason, veteran forward Wesley Johnson has instead decided to take his talents to Europe. The 32-year-old is reportedly heading to Greece to ply his trade with Panathinaikos in the EuroLeague next season.
According to the European-based basketball website EuroHoops.net, the Greek side have announced their signing of Johnson on a one-year deal.
Johnson had a whirlwind of a season last year. He was traded by the Los Angeles Clippers in October to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Alexis Ajinca. Just four months later, Johnson was on the move again, as he was shipped off by the Pelicans to the Washington Wizards in a deal that saw Markieff Morris heading the opposite direction.
Fast forward a couple of months and the Wizards decide to waive the services of Johnson, leaving him without a team. There have been no offers for Johnson since, which is likely why he decided to test his luck overseas. It is worth noting, however, that his deal with Panathinaikos is for just one season, which means that the 6-foot-7 wing is probably still hoping for a return to the NBA soon.
Johnson was selected fourth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2010 Draft. Some noteworthy names that were selected below Johnson that year include DeMarcus Cousins (fifth), Gordon Hayward (ninth), and Paul George (10th).
Throughout his nine-year career, Johnson has played for no less than six different squads.
The NBA journeyman holds career averages of 7.0 points, 1.0 three-pointers, 3.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 0.6 steals in 22.1 minutes per contest.