Eric Nehm: The Milwaukee Bucks are guaranteeing guard Wesley Matthews‘ contract for the remainder of the season, per a league source.
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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.
Bill Oram: Lakers announce the Wesley Matthews deal.
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.”
Shams Charania: Free agent Wes Matthews plans to sign with the Lakers, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Shams Charania: Wes Matthews is signing a one-year, $3.6M deal with the LA Lakers, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Chris Haynes: Free agent guard Wesley Matthews sent me this picture:
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
Shams Charania: Milwaukee’s Wesley Matthews will decline his $2.7M player option for the 2020-21 season and become a free agent, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Marc Stein: More on how the Lakers’ roster shapes up for their forthcoming title defense: League sources say they have interest in trying to sign Wesley Matthews away from Milwaukee to replace Green.
NBA Central: The Miami Heat are expected to show interest in Wesley Matthews, per @Ethan J. Skolnick & @ClutchNBA5R pic.twitter.com/pH7c7LVP6P
Robin Lopez: …Wesley Matthews…..but why?
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.
Scott Agness: Wesley Matthews prefers “Wesley” over “Wes” and said he was recruited by Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Raymond Felton, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan, JJ Redick. Like the Pacers, he believes that he’s an underdog.
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: Official: Pacers have signed free-agent Wesley Matthews. Kevin Pritchard: “He’s a solid professional who we feel strongly will help us the remainder of the season and into the playoffs.”
Scott Agness: Thad Young on adding Wes Matthews: “Perfect pickup for us. … He brings toughness and embodies what we’re about here.”
Scott Agness: Official: Knicks have waived Wesley Matthews, who intends to sign with the Pacers once he clears waivers.
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.”
Shams Charania: Dallas Mavericks‘ Wesley Matthews has exercised his $18.6M player option for the 2018-19 season, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
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.”
Eddie Sefko: Wesley Matthews, at the Festival de los Mavs, on when his opt-in date for final year of contract is: “I don’t really know. I guess I ought to check on that. But I don’t plan on being anywhere else.”
Will Wesley Matthews still be on the Mavs’ roster next season? Eddie Sefko: Don’t see why not. He’s got the player option at $18.6 million and unless somebody throws a long-term deal with more security at him, he’d be foolish not to take it. He likes it here and I don’t think Matthews (or any of the other veterans) really wants to bail on this thing without getting it turned around to some degree. All that said, he’s going to be a valuable trade piece as an expiring contract, so never discount the chance of a move.
Tim MacMahon: I hear Mavs’ 4-year deal with Wesley Matthews will probably average about $13 million per year. Flexible depending on DeAndre decision.
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.
David Aldridge: Wes Matthews has agreed in principle with the Mavericks on a four-year deal, per source. Turned down huge offer from Sacramento.
Marc Stein: Wes Matthews Update: Sacramento offer to free-agent swingman is actually four-year deal at $16 million annually for total of $64 million
Sean Cunningham: Wesley Matthews stopped by Rudy Gay’s camp in Rocklin today.
David Aldridge: Dallas’ chances looked very good with Wes Matthews this afternoon; now Kings very strongly in the mix. Didn’t mean to leave out Toronto in Matthews dance; Raps still in it, too. But Sac has changed the calculus.
Jeff Zillgitt: Raptors interest in Wes Matthews has led to a scheduled meeting between the two sides, per person with knowledge of meeting.
Ian Begley: Don’t think the money will work but #Knicks are among teams on Wes Matthews’ radar in free agency, sources w/knowledge of his thinking say.
The Mavericks want to fortify their backcourt, and will make inquiries about San Antonio’s Danny Green and Portland’s Wesley Matthews. Reports in LA over the weekend said Matthews was spotted with Jordan and Chandler Parsons.
According to a person with knowledge of Matthews’ situation, he is seeking a multi-year deal that pays approximately $15 million annually. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of such discussions.
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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Marc Stein: The Mavericks have been frequently linked to a trade pursuit of Indiana’s Myles Turner, but league sources say Dallas had already backed off on its interest even before Turner’s foot injury and with its team defense already flourishing at No. 5 overall in defensive efficiency.
Julius Erving: Those of us who played in the NBA in the 1980s definitely played a role in what the league has become today. And I think that in communicating with the next generation of players, they gave a lot of credit to myself and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. If you start in 1980, and you look at the guys who were the All-Pro players, the MVPs or whatever, there was an acceptance, and there was the crossing-over between the different ethnicities that created a pretty good melting pot.
Julius Erving: I look at the commercial success that happened with myself, with Larry Bird, with Converse and Spalding as an example, and the next wave with Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. It didn’t just happen. There were shoulders we were standing on. There was Bill Russell, who’s been a dear friend for many, many years. Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, and even the lesser-celebrated guys like Walt Bellamy, Lou Hudson, Pete Maravich. We were just trying to kind of give them credit and understand their struggle. They were always taking commercial flights. Before that, I mean, there were guys taking trains and buses. It is so much different now.
Former basketball star Yao Ming on Monday invited staunch Beijing critic Enes Kanter Freedom to visit China after the Boston Celtics player urged athletes to boycott the Winter Olympics in the capital. Kanter has emerged as one of China’s most vocal critics in the sporting world, a rare athlete willing to forgo lucrative endorsements to speak on issues such as Beijing’s treatment of its Uyghur Muslim and Tibetan minorities.
Yao, China’s most famous basketball star and one of its Olympic bid ambassadors, was asked about Kanter’s politics at a press gathering in Beijing on Monday. “I’ve heard of him, but I can’t really judge him because I don’t know him,” the retired Houston Rockets player and current president of the China Basketball Association said. “If there is an opportunity, I would like to invite him to visit China… Then he may have a more comprehensive understanding of us.”
The letter is perhaps the most outspoken the most successful coach in modern college football has ever been regarding politics, though Saban and West have been longtime supporters of Manchin, a Democratic senator in a state that former president Donald Trump won by nearly 40 points in 2020.