First it was Monta Ellis turning down the Sacramento Kings, opting instead to join the Indiana Pacers. Now it’s Wesley Matthews‘s turn to spurn the Kings, as Matthews turned down a massive offer from Sacramento before choosing to join the Dallas Mavericks, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com.
Despite undergoing surgery on a torn Achilles in March, the Kings offered Matthews a four-year, $64 million contract. The fact that Matthews turned down that kind of offer speaks volumes to the dysfunction in Sacramento, although we’re still not completely sure what kind of deal he’ll sign in Dallas. We have an idea though:
I hear Mavs' 4-year deal with Wesley Matthews will probably average about $13 million per year. Flexible depending on DeAndre decision.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 3, 2015
The Mavericks are still awaiting DeAndre Jordan‘s free-agent decision, and it’s still up in the air where he decides to go. It’s likely down to the Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers.
Matthews turning down the Kings could be a blessing in disguise, because the injury he suffered is a tough one to come back from. Dallas is taking a calculated risk investing in the former Portland Trail Blazers guard, who had become one of the best 3-and-D players in the league before the injury.
Matthews has been a remarkably consistent three-point shooter over the course of his career, never shooting under 38 percent from three in a season. If, and this is a big if, Matthews can regain his form, and Jordan chooses the Mavericks, Dallas could make a nice run next season.
The Toronto Raptors were also gunning for Matthews despite already signing DeMarre Carroll. The Raptors were hoping to run a small lineup with Carroll at the 4.
Meanwhile, the Blazers are on the verge of losing four out of five of their starters from last season. Matthews is gone, Nicolas Batum has been traded, Robin Lopez will likely sign with the New York Knicks and LaMarcus Aldridge is a sure goner.