The Los Angeles Lakers got their free agency period started by signing wing player Wesley Matthews. The deal is for one-year, $3.6 million; Matthews will take the place of shooting guard Danny Green, who was traded. Los Angeles traded Green, along with the No.28 pick, to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Dennis Schroder.
Last season with the Milwaukee Bucks, Matthews averaged 7.4 points, 2.5 rebounds in 24.4 minutes. He also shot 36.4% from three-point land last season. On catch and shot three-point opportunities, Matthews shot 37.7%. Matthews, a solid role player for the Bucks last season, but he turned down his $2.7 million player option this offseason and decided to join the Lakers.
Wesley Matthews will be a solid three-and-D player for the Lakers, who also has playoff experience. This was a solid move by the Lakers, getting a player like Matthews and not on an overly paid contract. Kentativous Caldwell-Pope could still be a priority, but it remains to be seen what his price tag could be.
Matthews will be entering his 12th NBA season; he previously played for Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, and the Bucks. Jackson has averaged 13.1 points per game on 42% shooting from the field and 38% from beyond the arch in his career.