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.
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.
The Spurs, Suns and Mavs are "out front" to sign LaMarcus Aldridge, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.
The Mavs are interesting here, but they're likely way behind the Spurs and Suns. Aldridge is having dinner with Pat Riley and he's already met with the Lakers. Hopefully, LaMarcus comes to a decision soon, but he's certainly getting his share of meetings and free meals.
The Clippers and Mavs are "truly 50-50" to sign DeAndre Jordan, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
He's not going to make a decision tonight and it could come during the weekend. Jordan is going to get a max deal after leading the NBA in rebounds and field goal percentage. Whoever misses out here is really going to have a tough time finding a capable center.
The Lakers called Rajon Rondo on Thursday to "touch base," according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com.
Up until this point, the Kings were the only team expressing interest in Rondo. While calling a player is hardly enough to classify as serious interest, the Kings now have another team to worry about. Rondo can probably expect the Kings to make a bigger offer now.
DeAndre Jordan's decision is not going to be made in the next 24 hours, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
There are multiple reports saying something similar. Robin Lopez is waiting for DeAndre and DeAndre is waiting for LaMarcus Aldridge, so this could take a long time. Jordan met with the Clippers for about three hours, the Knicks for two hours and the Mavs for over four hours. We might have to wait until the holiday for some D.J. news.
Robin Lopez has committed to the Knicks and will sign with them unless DeAndre Jordan chooses the Knicks.
In other words, Lopez is on the Knicks. While Lopez won't come cheap, he is actually a very good fit with them. He ranked third in the NBA for offensive rebounds in the 2013-14 season, he doesn't have many fouling issues, he's been very healthy in his career and he'll have a low usage rate on offense, which Carmelo Anthony will like. Lopez did have a down year in 2014-15, but he could wind up being a mid-round guy in standard leagues next season.
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.