Free agent forward Wesley Johnson will be agreeing to a contract offered by the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, confirms league sources.
Johnson will be signing a veteran’s minimum deal worth $1.1 million for 1 year, according to sources. Coach Doc Rivers has full faith in Johnson for upgrading the wing-play.
The Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans also showed interest on the 6-foot-7 forward. Johnson and Rivers met to discuss the issue of the deal on the first night of free agency.
Johnson donned Lakers’ colors in the last two seasons, in consecutive one-year deals, achieving a career high average of 9.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 29.5 minutes per game in 2014-15. Johnson has played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns and Lakers over the past 5 NBA seasons but has yet to secure a long-term future in the league. Johnson now falls in the category of former Lakers’ men like Matt Barnes, Jordan Farmar, Ronny Turiaf, Sasha Vujacic, Antawn Jamison, Darius Morris and Lamar Odom who switched over to Clippers.
Johnson was the 4th overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft of the Minnesota Timberwolves out of Syracuse.