The New York Knicks acquired veteran wing Wesley Matthews as part of their blockbuster deal that sent big man Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks this past week, but the chances of the Knicks actually holding on to Matthews seem slim.
According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, there is a good chance that the Knicks trade Matthews by the Thursday trade deadline, and the Philadelphia 76ers are seen as one of the teams who could have interest.
It makes plenty of sense for both sides.
For New York, the team is actively tanking anyway (regardless of what the front office will say), so it’s not like Matthews will do the Knicks any good. For Philadelphia, well, the 76ers are very thin in terms of depth, and forward Wilson Chandler just went down with quad strain that will keep him out for the next two-to-three weeks.
While Matthews is certainly not even to the player he was before tearing his Achilles in 2015, he can still provide some help to a contender, as his defensive versatility and ability to hit the three-ball could definitely be useful.
On the season, Matthews is averaging 13.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists over 29.8 minutes per game while shooting 41.4 percent from the floor, 38 percent from three-point range and 79.1 percent from the free-throw line.
The 32-year-old signed with Dallas during the summer of 2015.
Matthews, who played his collegiate basketball at Marquette, went undrafted but landed with the Utah Jazz during his rookie campaign in 2009-10. He then made his way to the Portland Trail Blazers, where he played five seasons before joining the Mavs.