Wes played for the Clippers for three seasons, and was a key rotation player during the latter years of Lob City. His locker room presence and cheerful demeanor will be missed, but he simply had no room to play on this current roster.
Alexis Ajinca has been injury-plagued for years, and the Clippers will waive him immediately. Since his contract is only $5.3 million compared to Wes Johnson’s $6.1 million, they will also save a bit of money in the deal. The trade appears to be a straight up swap, though it’s possible that the Clippers get something else as well.
Jawun Evans, a second year point guard who the Clippers paid to select 39th in the 2017 NBA draft will also be waived. Evans had some flashes in his rookie season, but the drafting of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson along with the presence of numerous veteran guards spelled out this cut weeks ago. It will be sad to see him go so soon, but he should hopefully get another NBA contract before the season starts.
Good luck to Wes and Jawun, both of whom are standup guys and had their moments as Clippers. And with that, the Clippers’ 15 man roster is set for the 2018-2019 season.
New Orleans is acquiring Clippers forward Wesley Johnson in a trade for center Alexis Ajinca, league sources tell ESPN. Clippers will waive Ajinca and guard Juwan Evans to get to 15 for opening night.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 15, 2018