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Wes Johnson | Guard/Forward

Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/11/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 215
College: Syracuse
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Wes Johnson said that he decided to sign with the Clippers this offseason, so he could join a winning team.
"I want a chance to win," Johnson said. "My track record through my career is I've been on teams, unfortunately, that have been bad. So, fortunately, I'm on the other side." Johnson will serve as one of Paul Pierce's backups with the Clippers, competing for reserve minutes with guys like Lance Stephenson and Jamal Crawford. He won't be worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues. Jul 23 - 4:38 PM

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Wesley Johnson's deal with the Clippers has a player option for the second year.

We've seen a ton of players take minimum level deals with a player option in the second season as an "insurance clause" over the last couple of offseasons and Johnson's deal is no different. He'll remain in Los Angeles where he goes from the starting small forward for the Lakers to a reserve role with the Clippers. He'll likely be behind both Paul Pierce and Lance Stephenson on the depth chart.
Jul 13 - 9:07 AM

Unrestricted free agent Wes Johnson is reportedly finalizing a deal that will land him with the Clippers.

Johnson will play backup minutes to Paul Pierce in Los Angeles, but as long as Pierce is healthy, Johnson won't have much fantasy value in standard leagues.
Jul 7 - 3:20 PM

Free agent swingman Wesley Johnson met with Doc Rivers and the Clippers early on Wednesday.

The Clippers have also been linked to Gerald Green, suggesting that they may not be confident about landing Paul Pierce at a discount. The Lakers reportedly have "mixed feelings" about re-signing Johnson, and no other teams have emerged as serious suitors, so there's a decent chance that he'll be playing for Rivers next year.
Jul 1 - 2:00 AM

The Clippers are interested in Wesley Johnson, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Johnson is coming off of two straight one-year deals with the Lakers, and although he said he'd like to be back with the team, the feeling may not be mutual. The Clippers desperately need three-and-d help on the wing, but Johnson isn't much of a needle-mover. That being noted, Johnson may immediately become the Clippers best small forward if he did join the team, and that's saying everything that needs to be said.
Source: ESPN
May 18 - 11:06 AM

The Lakers reportedly have mixed feelings on retaining Wes Johnson.

While Johnson said he'd like to sign a multi-year deal to return to the Lakers, the team is reportedly concerned about the on-going inconsistencies in the 27-year-old's game. Lakers head coach Byron Scott still thinks Johnson can be one of the league's top defenders, but the Lakers will have other priorities as they head into free agency. We should have some clarity on the situation when Johnson becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but there's a good chance that clarity will come in another city besides Los Angeles.
Apr 21 - 1:10 PM

Wes Johnson said he'd like to sign a multi-year deal somewhere and would love to be there for when the Lakers "turn it around."

Johnson also turned introspective during his exit interview in recognizing his inconsistency, before adding, "if I could pinpoint it, it wouldn't be there." The 27-year-old finished the season strong on his way towards posting averages of 11.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks, and 1.1 three-pointers in 30.5 minutes per game after the All-Star Break. Johnson has enough upside to be a player worth owning in standard fantasy leagues, but he'll have to fall into the right situation in order to realize that potential.
Apr 16 - 1:53 PM

Wes Johnson (ankle) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Kings.

He was considered doubtful to play in this one, so at least his owners have ample time to prepare without him. Johnson showed improvement towards the end of the season, but it will be interesting to see if the Lakers want to bring him back over the summer. Ryan Kelly will start at small forward, but he has struggled in that position and is a risky play outside of deeper leagues,
Apr 15 - 1:54 PM

Wes Johnson (sprained ankle) is considered doubtful to play vs. the Kings on Wednesday.

He's dealing with a "moderate" sprain but the Lakers have no incentive to play him with nothing at stake on Wednesday. Ryan Kelly should get all the minutes he can handle at SF, as the Lakers simply don't have any healthy alternatives.
Apr 14 - 9:03 PM

Wes Johnson (sprained ankle) will not play on Monday but he is traveling with the Lakers for Monday's game in Sacramento.

The sprain was described as "moderate" and X-rays came back negative, but the cellar-dwelling Lakers have no incentive to play him at less than 100 percent. Johnson is headed into unrestricted free agency this season and his fantasy value is nebulous until he signs on the dotted line. Assuming Johnson sits, which seems inevitable, Ryan Kelly is the only logical option to start at small forward.
Apr 13 - 12:39 AM

Wes Johnson will not return to Sunday's game after rolling his ankle in the second quarter.

X-rays were negative and the Lakers called it a "moderate sprain," so they may just be playing it safe with nothing at stake and only two games left in the season. Ryan Kelly will have to hold down the SF spot if Johnson can't return for games on Monday and Wednesday. Wes finished with 16 points and four 3-pointers in just 20 minutes of action.
Apr 12 - 10:44 PM

Wes Johnson grabbed 15 rebounds against the Blazers on Friday with 11 points, one assist, one block and no turnovers

Johnson, Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson grabbed 27 of the Lakers' 43 boards tonight, so needless to say their big men shouldn't be proud of this outing. Johnson played 38 minutes tonight and should be in that neighborhood going forward because of Wayne Ellington (shoulder) being out for the year.
Apr 4 - 3:05 AM

Wes Johnson hit just 5-of-16 shots and did not make a 3-pointer, but that's where the bad news ended as he finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks over 44 minutes in Monday's overtime win.

Johnson is returning serviceable numbers but he's going to be a risk from night-to-night due to DNPs. Luckily he hasn't been the target of the front office's tanking measures, but 'tis the season.
Mar 31 - 12:56 AM

Wes Johnson's aggressive play kept the Lakers competitive on Sunday, as he finished with 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting, one 3-pointer, five rebounds, three assists and one block in a road loss to the Nets.

Johnson threw down a baseline dunk in the first half and the Nets' defense didn't adjust, so he followed up with a mirror-image play a few moments later. He had four dunks total and owners heaved a sigh of relief when he made his lone 3-pointer, as he was a combined 0-of-9 in his previous four games. He's a solid late-round option, though L.A.'s random DNP-CDs mean owners should confirm Johnson's status before every game.
Mar 29 - 5:51 PM

Wesley Johnson played 28 minutes on Sunday, the most of any Lakers' starter, posting 10 points, six rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block vs. the Sixers.

The Lakers' rotations have been a headache for fantasy owners all season and things may only get worse in the final 14 games. During Sunday's grudging victory, Byron Scott spread minutes evenly throughout a true 10-man rotation that included recent signee Jabari Brown (10 points in 24 minutes). It's not a recipe for success and Johnson is best viewed as a borderline option in 12-team leagues.
Mar 23 - 12:34 AM