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Bucks’ Wesley Matthews becomes free agent after declining player option

Wesley Matthews, LeBron James, Bucks

Veteran shooting guard Wesley Matthews appears primed to become an unrestricted free agent ahead of the 2020-21 campaign as the Milwaukee Bucks swingman is expected to decline his player option for next year.

According to Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic, Matthews has elected to decline his $2.7 million player option with the Bucks for the 2020-21 season, which hardly comes as a surprise.

Because Matthews can certainly earn close to if not more than $2.7 million as a free agent this time around, it only makes sense for the seasoned sharpshooter to test the waters of the open market while also receiving the chance for a change of scenery.

Adding to the intrigue surrounding this situation, it has also been reported that Matthews could ultimately wind up with the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers. With the Lakers reportedly slated to acquire Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Dennis Schröder in exchange for a first-round pick in 2020 and veteran guard Danny Green, many believes that Matthews could fit nicely in Los Angeles. With Schröder more of a point guard and Matthews more of a shooting guard, this combination of veterans could hit the ground running for the Lakers in the absence of the aforementioned Green.

As the Lakers attempt to defend their title from the unprecedented 2019-20 season, Los Angeles did play quite a bit of basketball throughout this year. With this being the case, some fresh legs and new faces certainly won’t hurt the Lakers’ chances of repeating in 2020-21.