Wesley Matthews speaks out on why he’s a hand-to-glove fit for Lakers
Wesley Matthews is joining the Los Angeles Lakers in the upcoming season, and he believes he brings a lot to the table. Ahead of the start of the season, Matthews spoke out on why he thinks he’s a perfect fit with the Lakers.
“Me, I am gonna do whatever it is that they want me to do. I would like to think I know a thing or two on the defensive end. I can read situations, I can make adjustments on the fly and I’m a defensive mind on a team full of defensive-minded people,” Matthews said.
.@LakersReporter asked Wesley Matthews what stood out to him about the defense that Frank Vogel and the Lakers have built.
"I saw a lot of adjustments." pic.twitter.com/Zn0RwqKmmh
— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) November 24, 2020
Following the trade of Danny Green for Dennis Schroder, the Lakers were in the market for a 3-point shooter who could contribute on the defensive end. Therefore, Matthews was immediately on their radar and there was mutual interest for the veteran shooting guard.
Signing with Los Angeles was something that was a full-circle moment for Matthews. His father, Wesley Matthews Sr., played for the Lakers in the 1980s with Magic Johnson and other Hall of Fame players.
Just a season ago, Matthews spent the year with the Milwaukee Bucks, seeing a career-low 24.4 minutes per game. He still shot a modest 36.4 percent from the 3-point range, proving he can still space the floor.
At the same time, even at 34 years old, Matthews can still be a defensive stalwart for a contending team. While Matthews is an efficient 3-point shooter for his career (38.1 percent), he believes his defensive prowess is why he fits in with the likes of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.