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Wesley Matthews | Guard/Forward

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/14/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 214
College: Marquette
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Coach Rick Carlisle said the Mavs will be "erring on the side of caution" with Wesley Matthews (Achilles) this season.
"I think the most important thing is that he makes a full recovery, because we’re signing him to a four-year deal," Carlisle said. "The first year is more about making sure that he’s right and getting him out there on the right terms, and from there we want him to make a full recovery and continue to get better." Overcoming an Achilles tear is one of the toughest things to do as an NBA player and it almost always results in decreased production. Matthews' nickname is Iron Man, but his prospective owners should expect a decrease in output. Justin Anderson becomes more appealing here. Aug 3 - 9:24 PM
Source: Mavs.com

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As part of Mark Cuban's pitch to Wesley Matthews during free agency, Cuban told Matthews that he wanted him to be a cornerstone piece for the franchise.

"One of the first things he said to me was he wanted me to be a cornerstone piece of that franchise moving forward," Matthews said. "I told Cuban this the other day: This is the first time, head-to-toe, that an organization has had faith and confidence in me. From coaches, to GM to owner — complete confidence. That's all I wanted. That's all I wanted." It's clear that the Mavericks view Matthews highly, and it definitely was interesting to learn that the Blazers never even attempted to re-sign him. Matthews is hoping to be ready for training camp, but his Achilles injury will make him a risky selection on draft day.
Jul 31 - 1:35 PM

Wesley Matthews (Achilles) said the Blazers never made an offer to re-sign him.

"I was pissed off," Matthews said. "I felt disrespected." The Blazers didn't call him, text him, or express any interest in bringing him back. Apparently, when word came out of Matthews wanting $15 million per season, they lost interest. Matthews picked up an extra $13 million to his contract with the DeAndre Jordan decision, so he got his money. Iron Man is targeting training camp.
Source: Oregon Live
Jul 29 - 3:19 PM

Mavericks doctors told Mark Cuban that Wesley Matthews (Achilles) will be ready for the season opener, but Cuban added, "my doctors change their minds."

"You haven’t seen guys who have just fallen apart in the last few years [after Achilles surgeries]," Cuban said. "Fifteen years ago, yes, but that really hasn’t been the case, and all I can do is listen to our doctors and our doctors seem to think he’ll be back to form." Dallas will of course play it safe with Matthews early in the season and he remains a high-risk pick on draft day.
Jul 19 - 3:18 PM

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said that he is unsure when Wesley Matthews will be able to make his regular-season debut, coming off an Achilles injury.

The Mavs have no reason to rush Matthews back into action after signing him to a massive four-year, $70 million deal, so expect them to use extreme caution in his return to action. Matthews is said to be targeting opening night, but nothing is ever certain when returning from such a major injury. He'll have a predominant role in Dallas' offense, but he'll remain a risky selection in next year's draft.
Jul 14 - 6:32 PM

Wesley Matthews said that his Achilles injury will benefit him because it has helped him focus on improving other parts of his body.

"But I’m doing things I normally wouldn’t be doing — the Pilates work, the core work, flexibility, hip mobility, everything I normally wouldn’t be doing if I hadn’t gotten hurt," Matthews said. "This is making me pay more attention to my body so when this [Achilles] comes up to speed, the rest of my body is going to be even better." Matthews' rehab has been going smoothly, and it should also help that his work ethic is second to none. An Achilles injury is no joke, so Matthews will still be a risky selection in fantasy drafts.
Jul 12 - 10:23 AM

Wesley Matthews said that his Achilles continues to show improvement.

"We hit 17 weeks (since the injury) on Wednesday, and I'm getting stronger and better every single day." Matthews is hoping to be ready in time for the season opener, and we have heard nothing but good things about his progress this summer. Fresh off a four-year, $70 million deal with the Mavericks, Matthews could be poised for a big year in Dallas, but he will be a risky selection in drafts due to his Achilles.
Jul 10 - 12:14 PM

Wesley Matthews (Achilles) officially signed a four-year, $70 million contract with the Mavs on Thursday.

Matthews was originally penciled in at four years and $57 million in order to give the Mavs some financial flexibility in signing DeAndre Jordan, but with Jordan making his last minute change of heart to re-up with the Clippers, Mark Cuban decided to give Matthews a loyalty bonus. A $70 million, four-year deal for a guy coming off a torn Achilles is certainly impressive. If Matthews can return to form, he'll be an excellent source of fantasy value as the third or second option on offense in Dallas, but there remains a large amount of risk given the injury.
Jul 9 - 7:12 PM

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban offered to let Wesley Matthews out of his verbal agreement after DeAndre Jordan decided to re-sign with the Clippers.

Cuban said he told Matthews he could opt out of the verbal agreement with no hard feelings, but Matthews responded by saying he's excited to play for the Mavericks. "Wes is the exact player we want in a Mavs uniform and our fans will love him," Cuban wrote. With Matthews apparently ready to stick to his word, we'll await an official contract announcement over the next few days.
Source: USA Today
Jul 9 - 11:39 AM

Wes Matthews is expected to sign with the Mavericks even if DeAndre Jordan ends up back with the Clippers, which seems almost a certainty at this point.

Good for Matthews to stick with his word, but the Mavs may not be thrilled with that, as tanking seems to be in order after Jordan's dissing. Stay tuned.
Source: Oregonian
Jul 8 - 11:15 PM

Wesley Matthews said he'll stay with the Mavs regardless of DeAndre Jordan's decision, according to Jason Quick of the Oregonian.

Matthews' deal did come before DeAndre's, but it certainly wouldn't be far-fetched to think he had some inside info on the move before committing to Dallas. This is only a report, so it's not rock-solid information. He should formally sign his deal soon.
Source: Oregonian
Jul 8 - 7:46 PM

Wesley Matthews has agreed to a four-year deal with the Mavericks.

The details have not been revealed yet, but it's likely less than the four-year, $64 million offer from the Kings. Matthews will step into Monta Ellis' role at shooting guard and should have plenty of chances to score, especially with the Mavs not having as much firepower as the Blazers last season. It's also worth mentioning that Wes wants to play with DeAndre Jordan, so this helps Dallas in that regard. As for the Kings, they might want to bring a Connect Four game to their meeting with Rajon Rondo.
Jul 3 - 12:50 AM

Wesley Matthews has said he's unlikely to take the Kings' offer of a four-year, $64 million deal, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

Yes, this is the same Wes Matthews who tore his Achilles last season. Wes and his agent may be bluffing here because they know the Kings absolutely need to make this deal, so maybe they're trying to get the deal up to around $18-20 million per season. Whatever the case, the Mavericks are the favorites to land Wes.
Jul 3 - 12:38 AM

Updating a previous item, the Kings are offering Wesley Matthews a four-year, $64 million deal.

That buys a lot of bow and arrows. The Kings are as all in as they could possibly be and there's no way a team is going to outbid them. They made their bed last night by giving up a ton of assets to Sam Hinkie, so Matthews and his agent have all the leverage. They're using it and could make Matthews the highest paid player on the Kings.
Jul 2 - 10:40 PM

The Kings have offered Wes Matthews a three-year deal in the $45 million range, but he prefers the Mavs, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Well, Wes got the $15 million per season offer he wanted. With this news coming out, expect the Mavs to make a similar offer and for this deal to possibly get done tonight. If you're into the Twitter follow game, Chandler Parsons just followed Matthews, so that's super important. Matthews is ahead of schedule from his Achilles surgery and he looks poised for his first big payday.
Jul 2 - 9:19 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Deron Williams
2Devin Harris
3Raymond Felton
SG1Wesley Matthews
2J.J. Barea
3John Jenkins
SF1Chandler Parsons
2Justin Anderson
PF1Dirk Nowitzki
2Charlie Villanueva
3Jeremy Evans
4Dwight Powell
5Maurice Ndour
6Brandon Ashley
C1Zaza Pachulia
2Samuel Dalembert
3Salah Mejri
4Satnam Singh
5Jarrid Famous