MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 22: Wesley Matthews #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts in the second half after his three point basket against the Indiana Pacers at Fiserv Forum on December 22, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

Lakers: Wesley Matthews to Sign With Los Angeles

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.

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.

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