The defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers start NBA free agency with a bang, reportedly agreeing to a deal with free agent Wesley Matthews, per Stadium's Shams Charania. The deal is for one year and $3.6 million.

It appears Matthews is excited about landing with the Purple & Gold:

Matthews spent last season with the Milwaukee Bucks, where he wasn't able to bring in much production. Through 67 games, the Marquette University product put up 7.4 points while shooting a 36 percent clip from deep, a far cry from his usual numbers in previous seasons.

The Bucks were thought of to not be in the market to bring back Matthews given their priorities that needed addressing coming into the offseason. They recently traded for Jrue Holiday, which made them favored to go in a different direction than that of the supporting cast of last season. Milwaukee is in the process of trying to convince reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to sign the super-max extension they're expected to offer on Friday.

For Matthews, he joins the Lakers as a prototypical 3-and-D player that can fill a void off the bench that'll be left in the absence of Danny Green. With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope rumored to be gauging his interest on the market as well, the Lakers elected to bring Matthews in as a surefire marksman for an excellent price.

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