For Los Angeles Clippers head coach and general manager Doc Rivers, re-signing starting center DeAndre Jordan, and revamping Los Angeles’ porous bench are both top priorities this offseason.
Fans have clamored for the Clippers to bolster their depth via a stretch-four and or athletic wing, and they believe one player could potentially be their answer. Los Angeles Lakers swingman Wesley Johnson.
According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com, the Clippers are eyeing Johnson, who was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 4th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
The Clippers have interest in Lakers swingman Wes Johnson, according to sources.
As a Lakers fan, I’ve had the distinction of watching Johnson on a nightly basis for two consecutive seasons. While I truly do like Wes, he did little to prove to me that he can be considered a reliable rotation player on a championship hopeful team. He did average a career-high 9.9 points per game this season, but his inconsistencies are what scare me and what should be somewhat of a concern for the Clippers.
With that being said, I do have some optimistic vibes regarding Wesley Johnson. He’s never really been in a stable basketball environment during his 5 years in the NBA, and with his quickness and athleticism, he could flourish with the Clippers and their fast-paced, up-tempo style of play.
If Los Angeles can snag Johnson at a discount, this is a move they definitely should consider. Johnson won’t command a steep contract because he’s done little to prove he’s worth a hefty amount of cash. The Clippers will be walking an extremely tight-rope cap wise this summer, so they have to act carefully in free agency. Especially with the rumors swirling of DeAndre Jordan seeking a five-year, $100 million max contract.