Dallas Mavericks rumors have the team signing Wesley Matthews to a four-year contract. Matthews gives the Mavericks a great weapon from three-point range and also a shutdown defender that could be important in the postseason. A report from CBS Sports early on Friday (July 3) stated that Matthews turned down a huge offer from the Sacramento Kings to accept this offer.
The exact dollar amount of this deal has not yet been released, but the late hour of the news breaking makes that understandable. Matthews participated in the three-point shooting contest at the last NBA All-Star Game, showing what a threat he is from long-range. Last season with the Portland Trail Blazers, Matthews averaged 15.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2.9 three-pointers per game. This was all in 33.7 minutes per night.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Matthews suffered a season-ending Achilles injury down the stretch, possibly costing the Blazers a real shot at going deep in the 2015 NBA Playoffs. That’s what makes these Dallas Mavericks rumors a bit interesting, because Matthews might not be ready to open the 2015-16 NBA season with the team. It’s possible that he could still be out trying to recover from his injury, meaning the team is trying to lock him up for the future with this deal.
This is a sly signing by the Mavericks, especially because Matthews continues to be an “under the radar” player in the NBA. At times he can get into a rhythm shooting three-pointers and completely take over a game. What he can do on the defensive end of the court is bottle up a top shooter like James Harden. That’s exactly what the Mavs might need him to do, especially if the goal is to win another divisional title in the next few NBA seasons.
It is going to be very interesting to see what it took for the Mavericks to lock him up, especially since it was rumored that the Kings were offering him a lot of money in free agency. As a good role player, he will help spread the floor nicely for Dirk Nowitzki, but the team cannot stop here with offseason acquisitions. Other Dallas Mavericks rumors still have the team linked to DeAndre Jordan, and it might be in the best interest of the front office to make sure that deal gets done. Otherwise the Mavs could suffer from a real lack of size in the low post.
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