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Mavs’ Wesley Matthews could be buyout candidate if not traded this season

Wesley Matthews, Mavs

Wesley Matthews appears to be a buyout candidate if the Dallas Mavericks cannot trade him this season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Wojnarowski said on The Woj Pod that the Mavs have been trying to move Wesley Matthews since last season but to no avail. Now, they seem ready to part ways with the 32-year-old guard even with no return.

“And Wesley Matthews in Dallas, who they’ve been trying to trade since last year. Now he’s an expiring deal. If he doesn’t end up in a trade, is he a buyout player for the Mavericks? Is he available to teams?”

Matthews has been a major contributor for Dallas this season, averaging 16.1 points on 32.5 minutes per game. However, it’s clear that the Mavs are intent on moving on from the nine-year NBA veteran. Matthews still has value as a player and he’s on an expiring contract, which could be an attraction for certain teams.

As Wojnarowski noted, though, the Mavs could potentially look for a buyout with Matthews if they can’t find a trade partner. This is a rumor that Mark Cuban is shooting down.

“That stuff is ridiculous,” Cuban tells DallasBasketball.com. “We want to win games. Everything we are doing is about winning, which means getting Wes healthy and back on the court.”

Matthews is currently struggling with a hamstring injury, but there’s no doubt he’s an integral part of what the Mavs are doing this season. He probably isn’t in the long-term plan of Cuban and the organization, but they want to make it known that they aren’t thinking about a buyout right now. Their main focus is on winning.