The Golden State Warriors are among a group of potential championship contenders awaiting a potential Wesley Matthews buyout in order to scoop him up as a free agent, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. Teams like the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers are also interested in adding him into the fold.
The Sixers have also expressed willingness to work out a trade for Matthews before the Feb. 7 deadline, which could prove interesting as potentially the only one of the bunch willing to give out assets in return for Matthews.
The Warriors won’t be buyers or sellers by the deadline, but will keep their eyes peeled for whatever talent hits the buyout market as teams shed salaries shortly after trades.
Matthews is a proven 3-and-D wing who can catch fire at any time as well as make heady plays on defense — an asset to any team hoping to make a deep run in the postseason.
Golden State is looking to fill two needs — a capable wing player to give the likes of Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant some support down the road — and a big man to add as an insurance policy to DeMarcus Cousins, as Kevon Looney has proved the only capable big man to fill the position in standard lineups.
Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez reportedly has been eyeing the Warriors after a potential buyout, but the Bulls are still hoping to milk some trade value from their veteran 7-footer instead of just paying him to open up another roster spot.