David Zalubowski / Associated Press
The Indiana Pacers have officially announced the signing of Wesley Matthews Sunday after approving the waivers of the New York Knicks.
"We are delighted to welcome Wesley into the Pacers," said Kevin Pritchard, president of the Pacers basketball operations. "He's a solid professional who we think will help us a lot the rest of the season and the playoffs, and when we looked at recruiting players he was fine with what we're trying to accomplish here on the short, cloakroom and out of the field. "
The knicks originally traded to Matthews on Jan. 31 in an agreement that sent Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan and a draft to the Knicks, with Kristaps Porzingis, Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. traveling to Dallas.
Since his withdrawal from Marquette in 2009, Matthews has carved himself a prominent place in the NBA. Aged 32, he played for the Mavericks, Utah Jazz and the Portland Trail Blazers before being traded to the Knicks.
Matthews is best used as a rickshaw player because of his ability from three points. He has scored 38.3% of his attempts since the beginning of his career, and his offensive presence is steady, averaging 12.5 to 16.4 points per game per season since 2010-11.
Through 46 matches this season, Matthews has been solid with 12.8 points per game and a percentage of 37.4 points of three.
Despite his success on the field, Matthews only played one playoff in three seasons with the Mavs. Not being able to compete for a championship is something that has harassed him.
"I do not want a long off season," Matthews told Eddie Sefko, of Dallas Morning News Last June. "I do not do it, I want a post-season (after the 2018-19 season).–this organization, these fans, we the players–we deserve to be in the post-season in competition. "
Needing help in the backyard after Victor Oladipo's late-season injury, the Pacers were able to add Matthews without giving up anything other than money.
Oladipo was an essential part of Indiana's list. He led the team in scoring (18.8) and ranked second in aids (5.2) per game, before breaking the right quadriceps tendon on Jan. 23 against the Raptors. Toronto.
Even if the Pacers could probably have made the series without adding help to their list-They are currently No. 3 of the Eastern Conference with a record of 37 to 19– Matthews gives head coach Nate McMillan another scorer.
Indiana's strength lies primarily on the defensive. The team ranks first in points awarded per game and second in defensive efficiency.
The score can be random, with a violation ranking 16th in efficiency (109.4 per 100 possessions). Even though Matthews is not a guy to play with the ball in his hands, he proved to be a capable shooter that will perfectly suit the needs of this Pacers team.