NBA rumors: Wesley Matthews to test free agency waters

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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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Darvin Ham has made strongest impression in Lakers' coaching search

The Lakers appear poised to make a decision on their coaching position soon, with Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson and former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts the finalists for the job that became vacant when Frank Vogel was fired at season’s end. But as the final round of interviews is set, sources tell The Athletic that Ham appears to have made the strongest impression yet.
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In terms of the Lakers’ preferences, sources say team officials have prioritized a coach who can command respect and authority from the locker room and who has a strong enough presence and voice to manage the varying roles and relationships across the roster. Those characteristics bode well for Ham’s candidacy. Throughout assistant coaching stops with the Lakers, Hawks and Bucks, Ham has been known for his no-nonsense style and ability to resonate with his players — attributes that have stood out in his communication with the Lakers thus far as well, sources said.