Bucks sign veteran sharpshooter Wesley Matthews
The Milwaukee Bucks were looking to add some outside scoring to the rotation and managed to do just that on Friday. Per Shams Charania, the Bucks agreed to terms on a deal with veteran sharpshooter Wesley Matthews, who was a free agent after spending last season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
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.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 3, 2021
The addition of Matthews is seemingly in response to the organization waiving forward Georgios Kalaitzakis, which occurred earlier on Friday. Kalaitzakis featured in nine games for the Bucks, averaging 1.8 points and 0.9 rebounds across 5.3 minutes of run per night.
The Bucks already rank third in the NBA with 14.3 threes per game, and adding Matthews to the arsenal of sharpshooters featuring Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, Khris Middleton, Bobby Portis, and Brook Lopez, among others, will only stand to improve that tally.
Matthews, a 12-year veteran, has knocked down 1,729 threes in his career, converting at a 37.9% clip from deep. Last season in LA, Matthews averaged 4.8 points per game, including 1.1 threes, while serving as a role player for the Lakers.
This will be Matthews’ second stint with Milwaukee. The 35-year-old San Antonio native spent the 2019-20 season with the Bucks, playing a sizable role in the rotation. Across 67 games, Matthews averaged 7.4 points and 1.6 threes over 24.4 minutes per night. He likely won’t be called upon for as many minutes as he was a couple of years ago, but he’s familiar with the team and could provide value off the bench, particularly with his ability to knock down shots from beyond the arch.
Matthews went undrafted out of Marquette before latching on with the Utah Jazz in 2009. He then joined the Portland Trail Blazers from 2010-15, before signing on with the Dallas Mavericks. He had brief stints with the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers before joining the Bucks in 2019.