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Garrison Mathews
Garrison Mathews
Position: G
Born: 10/24/96
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:204 lbs. / 92.5 kg.
Salary: $688,052
Extending Mathews is complicated, too, considering the Wizards’ tight salary-cap situation. Washington is over the cap right now, though it has a couple of exceptions it could use to give him more than the minimum if it wanted to offer him a contract that goes beyond this season. But those exceptions are tiny. They could use the midlevel exception to make him a three- or four-year offer, but the starting salary couldn’t be higher than $1.3 million with minimal raises to follow, not far above the minimum, since they already used the majority of their midlevel on Robin Lopez. Mathews is a reliable defender shooting 40 percent from 3. He’ll stick in the league. Would he accept the security of a deal like that when he could plausibly earn more this summer?
Storyline: Garrison Mathews Free Agency
Mathews’ efficiency stats are through the roof, thanks to his 3-point success and an ability to get to the line, which shouldn’t complement a jump shooter. It doesn’t seem like Mathews lands in the same place when he shoots a jumper, a habit he developed while scampering in every direction as collegiate defenses chased him around the court. He never did away with the quirks of his form. The coaching staff won’t smoothen the unorthodoxy now. “You don’t mess with a 40-percent shooter,” Brooks advised — especially not when defenders are undercutting him once every game or three. “I think it’s working just fine,” said Mathews, who averages 6.2 points per game and shoots 89 percent from the free throw line. “You see how many times I get fouled on a jump shot.”