The free-agent wing has been a reliable player for most of his career. He’s played for many teams and in many NBA games, he’s an iron man. Now Wesley Matthews is headed to the Atlanta Hawks on a one-year deal, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The 36-year-old SG/SF has spent the last two seasons and three of the four seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. In those three seasons, Matthews averaged 5.5 points and shot 34.6% from beyond the arc. He’ll join Patty Mills as the second veteran shooter that the Hawks have added this off-season.
The Hawks have been busy this off-season. They have already shipped John Collins to the Utah Jazz. They’re also looking for suitable partners for both Clint Capela and De’Andre Hunter. It’s an attempt to shift the focus and quickly rebuild around Trae Young. Wesley Matthews will be able to help the Hawks with that. His elite three-point shooting will allow Young to have some space to maneuver. While his point totals have dropped a bit, Matthews’ three-point percentage has stayed about the same.
We are not sure of the exact details of the contract yet. We know from Wojnarowski that it is a one-year deal. The assumption based on that could be made that Matthews will get the veterans minimum. It is also unclear whether or not the deal is fully guaranteed.
In addition to the move, the Hawks are expected to waive Tyrese Martin. That leaves the roster at 17 players on standard contracts. Vit Krejci‘s deal is non-guaranteed and has a guaranteed date of Jan. 17. Though, they could also trade more players on the roster to make room.
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