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Pacers officially sign Wesley Matthews

Wesley Matthews

The Indiana Pacers have officially signed guard Wesley Matthews after he was recently waived by the New York Knicks.

Matthews, 32, made 44 starts in the 45 games he played in with the Dallas Mavericks this season, averaging 12.8 points. He was dealt from Dallas to New York in the Kristaps Porzingis deal.

The Knicks waived Matthews along with Enes Kanter at the trade deadline.

“We’re excited to welcome Wesley to the Pacers. He’s a solid professional who we feel strongly will help us the remainder of the season and into the playoffs. When we looked at possible players to bring in, he fit in well with what we are trying to accomplish here on the court, in the locker room and off the court.” Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said, according to the team website.

After signing with the Utah Jazz as an undrafted free agent in 2009, Matthews has carved out a 10 year career. Including his short time with the Knicks, the Pacers will represent his fifth team since joining the league.

For his career, Matthews averages 13.8 pointer per game and 2.5 assists per game.

He has mostly been a shooting guard throughout his career, but has also put in time at the small forward position.

The Pacers are looking for help after losing Victor Oladipo to a knee injury. Matthews will hope to step in and ease the burden for a team missing its star player.

The team currently sits in third place in the Eastern Conference, 4.5 games behind the first place Milwaukee Bucks.