Clippers’ Johnson to opt in for 2018-19

Wesley Johnson has been traded from the Clippers to the Pelicans, the teams announced.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson intends to exercise the $6.1 million player option on his contract for 2018-19, according to Yahoo Sports.

He is entering the final year of a three-year, $18 million deal.

Johnson, 30, had a solid season with 5.4 points and 2.9 rebounds, averaging 21 minutes in 74 games. He started in 40.

Basically, the money the Clippers will be paying Johnson next season is more than he would likely receive on the open market. He will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019.

Per Hoops Rumors:

“Johnson is one of a handful of Clippers who have player option decisions to make this summer. While Johnson’s salary won’t have a major impact on the team’s cap situation, the Clips’ offseason outlook could vary significantly depending on whether DeAndre Jordan ($24,119,025), Austin Rivers ($12,650,000), and Milos Teodosic ($6,300,000) also exercise their respective options.”