The Lakers entered the offseason as one of the early favorites to win the 2021 NBA title. Well, they just increased their chances of doing so.
Shortly after the 3 PM start to the free agency, NBA insider Shams Charania announced that Wesley Matthews would be signing a 1-year deal with Los Angeles.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 20, 2020
LA’s interest in Matthews had long been noted, especially following the deal that sent Danny Green to OKC and later on the Sixers. He will slot into that vacancy almost seamlessly, and his veteran presence will be a welcome addition to a defensive-minded team.
Matthews is still a capable player, but his value to teams comes in more ways than one. As a member of the Bucks last season, Matthews was looked upon as a leader for contender. His basketball IQ and genuine love for studying the game will pay huge dividends as the Lakers navigate a revamped NBA field.
Last season with the Milwaukee Bucks, Matthews averaged 7.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game. He now becomes the second player added to the roster this offseason after the Lakers traded for Denis Schröder earlier in the week.