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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
Contract: view contract details

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Doc Rivers said Wes Johnson will spend time at both small forward and power forward this season.
"We are messing Wes up a little bit by moving him back and forth between three and four, but that is what he is going to have to learn," Rivers said. In what should be another inconsistent season from Johnson ahead, he's simply not worth the headache in standard formats on a loaded Clippers roster. Oct 5 - 11:58 AM

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Wes Johnson started for the Clippers on Sunday, but he failed to do much through his 19 minutes of action, scoring just two points on 1-of-2 shooting to go with one rebound, one assist, one block and one turnover.

Head coach Doc Rivers said that he may rotate Paul Pierce and Johnson in and out of the starting lineup over the course of the preseason, and it sounds like there's a decent chance both players get locked into a value-killing timeshare this season. Pierce played just eight minutes, scoring two points to go with one rebound and one turnover, and this is a situation we'd recommend avoiding in standard leagues.
Oct 4 - 10:11 PM

Wes Johnson came off the bench on Friday against the Nuggets, making 2-of-7 from the field for five points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

He wasn't brought in for his offense and will likely just be getting wide open shots. Johnson making 3-pointers will go a long way in this offense, but his usage is going to be tiny. Even if he does start, he's not worth drafting in most leagues.
Oct 3 - 1:26 AM

Doc Rivers said that Wes Johnson will likely start at small forward for the Clippers on Friday.

Johnson will have a chance to prove that he belongs in the starting lineup over the course of the preseason, and if Rivers likes what he sees, Paul Pierce will be coming off the bench. Johnson has deep league potential as a 3-and-D player kind of player, but he'll have to see his minutes in the high 20s in order to realize his potential. If Pierce is relegated to a bench role, it's difficult to see him being a viable option in most leagues.
Oct 1 - 2:24 PM

Wes Johnson was spotted practicing with the Clippers' first unit on Tuesday.

Early reports indicate that Johnson will start at small forward over Paul Pierce, although things could change as we approach the regular-season. There's also a good chance Johnson gets locked into a value killing timeshare with Pierce, so we wouldn't recommend targeting him until the final few rounds on draft day given his low ceiling.
Sep 29 - 4:25 PM

Doc Rivers may be "leaning" toward starting Wes Johnson this season, according to Grantland's Zach Lowe.

Rivers is still "undecided" whether to start Johnson ahead of Paul Pierce, and we'll monitor the position battle throughout training camp. Pierce averaged a career-low 26.2 minutes last year and that number isn't likely to climb in L.A., making him a player to avoid whether or not he earns the starting job. Johnson is a solid 3-point shooter who contributes solid defensive stats for a SF, and he'll be on the radar if he can carve out a 25-30 minute role for the Clippers.
Sep 23 - 8:02 PM

Wes Johnson is still being considered as an option to start at small forward.

That would push Paul Pierce to the bench to help the second unit. The Clippers have quite the combination of players and coach Doc Rivers will be mixing it up with his lineups. Johnson won't be involved much in the offense and still wouldn't have value in most leagues even as a starter.
Sep 10 - 1:35 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Chris Paul
2Austin Rivers
3Pablo Prigioni
SG1J.J. Redick
2Jamal Crawford
3Lance Stephenson
4C.J. Wilcox
SF1Wes Johnson
2Paul Pierce
PF1Blake Griffin
2Josh Smith
3Branden Dawson
C1DeAndre Jordan
2Cole Aldrich
3Chuck Hayes