Wesley Matthews still processing trade, hasn’t had discussions with Knicks about a buyout
Veteran small forward Wesley Matthews is still processing the trade which sent him from the Dallas Mavericks to the New York Knicks on Thursday, and the swingman hasn’t had any discussions with New York about a buyout, according to David Aldridge of The Atheltic.
Wesley Matthews is making $18,622,513 this season. He will become an unrestricted free agent after the season ends.
Meanwhile, @WessyWes23, sent to the Knicks in the deal, has not had any discussions with New York about a buyout. Still processing the trade.
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) January 31, 2019
The Knicks are in rebuild mode, so it is highly doubtful Matthews wants to play for New York. The 32-year-old would be a valuable addition for a playoff team which needs defense and 3-point shooting.
In 44 games for the Mavs this season, Matthews averaged 13.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 41.4 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Dallas has been trying to move Matthews and his contract for a while now. The Knicks were more than happy to take on Matthews’ contract since he is on an expiring deal. Along with Matthews, New York also acquired veteran center DeAndre Jordan and second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr.
Matthews has career averages of 13.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He began his NBA career with the Utah Jazz, then played five years for the Portland Trail Blazers before signing with the Mavs in free agency during the summer of 2015.