NBA rumors: Wesley Matthews not retiring, hoping to return to Bucks

Jim Owczarski: #Bucks guard Wesley Matthews hopes he’s back – but he’s definitely not hanging them up after his 14th NBA season. He hopes he won’t have to wait until December to sign with a team.

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“Wesley is a proven veteran whose shooting, defense and experience will help us,” said Bucks General Manager Jon Horst. “He is familiar with Coach Bud’s system and our team. We’re excited to have him back with us.”
Shams Charania: Free agent Wesley Matthews plans to sign a deal with the Bucks, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The 12-year veteran, who spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, is set to return to Milwaukee.
Houston native and Kansas State product Iwundu was so thrilled about coming to terms on a two-year contract with the Mavericks that when reached by The News he sounded as though he was in disbelief. That will happen when you’ve spent your three-year NBA career with a smaller-market, fringe-playoff team like Orlando and suddenly you’re back in your home state, playing for the 2011 NBA championship franchise you watched while growing up. “That’s number one, just being from Texas, but also going to a team like this is pretty big,” he said. “It’s a different ballgame. It’s contenders, man. I’m so excited that I can’t put it into words.”

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The Lakers have already shown they’ll be players during the week. Up next? Sources say they’re very interested in guard Wesley Matthews to replace Green as an all-important defensive-minded wing. The team also has to decide whether to re-sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Markieff Morris and Dwight Howard while awaiting word on whether Avery Bradley or JaVale McGee will exercise their player options.
With the trade moratorium lifting on Monday, the draft on Wednesday and free-agency kicking off on Friday, the Bucks have a bevy of huge decisions to make over the coming week. They're already over the $109.1 million salary-cap threshold with only eight of 15 players signed for next year, not including center Robin Lopez who is mulling a $5 million player option. Getting Matthews back would be a major boost in solidifying the Bucks' core for the 2020-21 season. However, doing so could seriously hamstring their opportunities for bringing in other free agents unless Matthews is willing to come back on a minimum deal. Matthews' play last year, though, proved he is certainly more valuable than a bargain-bin contract. He bet on himself and he's in a position to cash in, which is at once great for him and a challenging situation for the Bucks if they're hoping to bring him back.
Bobby Marks: Re: Wes Matthews not opting in 💰The max MIL could offer is $5.7M w/o triggering the hard cap 💸MIL has $128.5M in salary (about $10M below the HC and $4.1M below the tax)- 🏀They have a 11/20 decision on the $7M non-guaranteed contract of Ersan Ilyasova 💸
Matt Velazquez: League source confirms the @Shams Charania report that Bucks guard Wesley Matthews will decline his $2.7 million player option and become a free agent.
Bobby Marks: Monday deadline for player options Anthony Davis: $28.8M DeMar DeRozan: $27.7M Mike Conley Jr. : $34.5M Evan Fournier: $17.0M Robin Lopez : $5.0M Nic Batum: $27.1M Tony Snell: $12.2M Stanley Johnson: $3.8M Wesley Matthews : $2.7M My guess is we go 7/9 on opt-in
Tim MacMahon: Wesley Matthews is going home to play for a contender. Rockets were among other teams who had interest in him.
Since Durant is expected to miss all of next season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon against Toronto in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the Warriors still considered it a priority to sign wing players. Such candidates could include Wesley Matthews and Trevor Ariza, though such signings hinge on them willing to accept a pay cut. The Warriors had considered Rudy Gay as a top target, but he reportedly agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal to stay with the San Antonio Spurs.
The Indiana Pacers announced Sunday they have signed free agent guard Wesley Matthews to a contract. Per team policy, the terms of the contract were not released. Matthews appeared in 45 games and made 44 starts for the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks this season while averaging 12.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. After spending parts of four seasons with the Mavericks, he was traded to New York on Jan. 31 before being waived by the Knicks Thursday.
Scott Agness: Thad Young on adding Wes Matthews: “Perfect pickup for us. … He brings toughness and embodies what we’re about here.”
However, Fizdale said he feels Jordan — and even the defensive-minded Matthews — can have a future with the Knicks. Even if the Knicks use up their cap space on mega free agents, they could offer Jordan, a two-time all-defensive selection and former All-Star, their $5 million room exception. “Both of those guys have played some [playoff] series on some really good basketball teams,” Fizdale said. “And who knows what the future holds for these guys? They’re ours now, free agents at the end of the year, but who knows? I want them to come here and enjoy the process with us and really help the young guys.”
Matthews has a player-option on his contract that will pay him $18.62 million next season. He said he will pick up that option and return and play next season with the Mavs. “Obviously that’s something that hasn’t been on my mind,” Matthews said. “That’s what you have an agent for and agencies for. Like I said, I don’t plan on being anywhere else. And now it’s just focusing on getting back healthy, which I am now, and getting on this court.”
One of the reasons Matthews noted that it’s a no-brainer for him to pick up the player-option on his contract and return to the Mavs is because of the positive “personalities” within the organization. “You don’t find too many places where, top to bottom, everybody gets along with everybody,” Matthews said. “We never turned on each other, we never flaked on each other. This is an organization that’s a prideful organization — it’s had a lot of success. This is a very successful championship organization and these past two seasons in not making the playoffs and being in the lottery is not ideal for anybody to be a part of it.”
Free agent guard Wes Matthews spurned a large offer from the Sacramento Kings late Thursday night to accept a four-year offer from the Dallas Mavericks, according to a league source. The move is a major deal for a player coming off a torn Achilles' injury that ended his season with the Trail Blazers before the start of last season's playoffs. The agreement gives the Mavericks a boost as they hope to sign free agent center DeAndre Jordan away from the Los Angeles Clippers.
When Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews ruptured his left Achilles tendon on March 5 against Dallas, there was more at stake than just a lost season. His future, with his impending free agent status, was in jeopardy after suffering one of the worst injuries a basketball player can endure. "Right away,'' Matthews said, "I was worried about free agency.''
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