Welcome to Dallas Wesley Matthews! Your newest Dallas Mavericks is a 3 and D shooting guard that had the fourth most made three shots last season and is known as one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA.
Wesley Matthews will pair up nicely next to Chandler Parsons and whoever the Mavericks eventually have starting at point guard. He’s a two-way guard that’ll be turning 29 in October that is a sharpshooter from the perimeter with a post game to match.
Matthews turned down a 4-year, $64 million from the Sacramento Kings because he didn’t have enough trust in their front office and who can really blame him. He’ll take a slight pay cut in signing with the Mavericks which will more than likely be in the $10-$12 million per year range
Now as good as Matthews has been throughout his career this is still a high risk high reward situation for the Dallas Mavericks who are dealing with a player who is recovering from a torn Achilles. An Achilles injury is one of the absolute worst injuries for a basketball player because it’s nearly impossible to tell whether a player can return to the same player he was pre-injury.
The Mavericks are hoping that their training staff led by Casey Smith will be able to help Matthews in his rehab and return to 100%. Also it’s more than likely than Matthews will not be ready to step back out on the court for the regular season until November or even December but it’s a risk Dallas is willing to take. With the advances of modern medicine in this day of age the Mavericks are hoping that’ll result in an impressive recovery be Wes.
Before going down, Matthews was averaging 16 points on 45 percent shooting while nailing 39 percent of his three-pointers with seven attempts per game.
While there may be concerns of Wesley Matthews recovery time, one thing is certain and that is Matthew’s signing is a positive in Dallas’ pursuit of DeAndre Jordan and even LaMarcus Aldridge. While Aldridge is kind of a long shot it is fair to note that Matthews is cited as being one of Aldridge’s favorite teammates during his time in Portland, DeAndre Jordan, on the other, and Wesley Matthews have been reported to want to play with each other and were both coveted by the Mavs recruiting team as soon as midnight struck eastern time July 1.
Matthews gives the Mavericks faithful hope that a deal can be struck with DeAndre Jordan and form a young nucleus of Jordan, Parsons and Matthews that will be at the very least a breath of fresh air, especially in the youth department.
If DeAndre Jordan follows Matthews to Dallas Chandler Parsons deserves a TON of credit for helping to orchestrate and bolster the Mavericks recruiting strategy.
Welcome to Dallas Wesley Matthews, Mavs fans for life everywhere are looking forward to seeing you on the court! Oh and give DeAndre Jordan a call while you’re at it.