Jamal Crawford was the Clippers’ only reliable reserve last year.
Now, he’s on a suddenly loaded team that projects to start Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Paul Pierce, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan and bring Crawford, Austin Rivers, Lance Stephenson, Wesley Johnson, Josh Smith and Cole Aldrich off the bench.
Is Crawford excited? Maybe.
But he also wishes he were a free agent.
"@ThatGuy_Sammie: @JCrossover sooo you gonna stay a clipper or join the cavs? ��"-I'm not a f/a, wish but I'm not.. Soo u gotta ask Doc…..
Johnson is excellent value on a minimum contract. He fits the rough profile of a 3-and-D combo forward, though he excels at neither skill. He’s got a good chance to crack the Clippers’ rotation after finding his way with the Lakers the last couple years.
Because he took just the minimum, the Clippers still have $2,088,000 of the non-taxpayer mid-level exception available after using the rest on Pierce. With Jordan leaving, the Clippers suddenly have the full MLE available. If they can use the rest on someone better than Johnson, they’ll be in business.
Report: Clippers interested in Lakers’ Wesley Johnson
The Clippers have interest in Lakers swingman Wes Johnson, according to sources.
Wesley Johnson is exactly the type of player the Clippers should pursue. They have a strong core in Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and – they hope – DeAndre Jordan. They need more solid role players, and Johnson fits the bill.
He’s a 3-and-D combo forward – solid at both skills, though spectacular at neither. The Clippers need more help at small forward, but a stretch four would give them helpful versatility.
If the Clippers can get him at the minimum, they should do it. If Johnson costs more, they should evaluate other free-agent options. They’ll be over the cap and without the bi-annual exception (given last year to Jordan Farmar). Johnson would help, but not so much that the Clippers should necessarily use a portion of their mid-level exception on him.
Jeremy Lin with no-look bounce pass to Wesley Johnson for slam (VIDEO)
Jeremy Lin was the reason the Lakers came from behind, took control in the fourth quarter and beat the Sixers Sunday night. He entered the game midway through the third quarter and from there on out had 21 points and five assists to take control of the game.
That includes making this sweet no-look bounce pass in transition to Wesley Johnson for the easy throw-down.
When he is playing like this Lin is still fun to watch.