Clippers swingman Wesley Johnson has elected not to exercise his player option for the 2016/17 campaign and he will hit the open market this offseason, Brad Turner of The Los Angeles Times reports (via Twitter). Johnson will join teammate Austin Rivers, who also elected to opt out, as an unrestricted free agent.
Johnson would have earned $1,227,286 next season had he chose to opt in, but with the salary cap set to increase to $92MM-$95MM he likely anticipates improving upon the figure via free agency. Team president and coach Doc Rivers has said that he wants to re-sign as many of the Clippers’ free agents as possible, and Johnson noted that he would prefer to remain in Los Angeles, Turner adds.
The 28-year-old appeared in 80 games for the Clippers in 2015/16, averaging 6.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 20.8 minutes per outing to accompany a slash line of .404/.333/.652.