NBA Rumor: Garrison Mathews Free Agency

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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?

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