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Wesley Johnson Reportedly Exercises Clippers' $6.1M Contract Option

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 2, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 09:  Wesley Johnson #33 of the Los Angeles Clippers smiles during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center on April 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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Wesley Johnson will be back with the Los Angeles Clippers next season after reportedly opting in on the final year of his contract.

Per Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania, Johnson will make $6.1 million during the 2018-19 season after exercising his player option. 

Johnson re-signed with the Clippers in July 2016 on a three-year deal worth $18 million. He was originally acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers prior to the 2015-16. 

In three seasons with the Clippers, Johnson has averaged 5.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game primarily coming off the bench. The 30-year-old started 40 games last season, his most since the 2014-15 campaign with the Lakers. 

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers praised the defensive effort he saw from Johnson during the season.

"I think it's being more active, more alert, understanding the system better," Rivers told reporters after a Jan. 18 game against the Memphis Grizzlies. "I thought he came into camp in better mental shape and physical shape. So I thought he was looking forward to having a good year and he's doing that."

Per Basketball Reference, Johnson finished fourth on the Clippers during the 2017-18 season with a 107 defensive rating. 

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