With the Feb. 7 deadline just a little over a week away now, the trade season is in full effect for the NBA. This was evidenced by the surprise monster trade that occurred Thursday afternoon between the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks. Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Courtney Lee will be making their way to Dallas as the Knicks receive Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, and DeAndre Jordan.
Much of the move for New York outside of acquiring Smith revolved around shedding extra salary. As they aim to keep lottery odds high and focus on the future, there is a high likelihood that both DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews could be bought out. If so, the Houston Rockets would have a serious interest in taking Matthews back off the market, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
Always in search of 3-and-D type players, Matthews isn’t the player he used to be, but he would be a great fit for the Rockets. In 44 games for the Dallas Mavericks this season, Wesley Matthews is averaging 13.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 0.8 steals in just under 30 minutes per game. The big help is that he is also putting up 2.3 3’s a game at a 38 percent clip.
Matthews injured his Achilles in his last year with the Portland Trail Blazers prior to signing a big deal with Dallas in the 2015 offseason. He never fully got back to being quite the defender he was before the injury, but the 32-year-old still has plenty to offer the Houston Rockets, who seek to address the same depth concerns that have troubled them all season.