Wesley Matthews agreed to sign with the Mavericks.
But so did DeAndre Jordan, and we’ve seen where that has gone.
Has Jordan’s likely defection back to the Clippers affected Matthews?
Jason Quick of The Oregonian:
Wesley Matthews says he will sign with the Dallas Mavericks regardless if center DeAndre Jordan changes his mind and returns to the Los Angeles Clippers, sources close to the player told The Oregonian/Oregonlive.
Matthews could always change his mind. As everyone knows by know, commitments made during the moratorium aren’t binding.
But Matthews sticking with Dallas makes sense for several reasons:
1. Players rarely renege on deals agreed upon during the moratorium. Jordan doesn’t change that norm.
2. Matthews agreed to sign before Jordan “committed” in the first place.
3. Matthews might not have a better offer waiting elsewhere. The Kings were the other known interested team, and they’ve spent their cap room on Rajon Rondo, Kosta Koufos and Marco Belinelli.
4. Matthews will probably make more now that the Mavericks don’t have to pay Jordan. He was slated to get $57 million over four years, according NBA.com’s David Aldridge, who implied that number was reduced to fit Jordan.
The Kings have their franchise cornerstone center, and whether or not his coach wants him DeMarcus Cousins isn’t going anywhere. Probably. The ground seems to shift under the Kings a lot, but the owner loves Cousins so he likely stays.
However, Cousins needs some help along the frontline and the Kings made a nice pickup on the Fourth of July by prying Kosta Koufos out of Memphis. Marc Stein of ESPN broke the story.
Koufos played 16.6 minutes a game behind the deep front line of the Grizzlies last season, scoring 5.2 points and grabbing 5.3 rebounds a game. He is one of the better backup big men in the league, and a number of teams had interest. Good on the Kings to grab him at a fair price.
It’s going to be interesting to see how George Karl fits all these pieces together. There had been talk about him wanting to go smaller with Rudy Gay at the four, but then there’s not a lot of minutes up front for Cousins, Koufos, and just-drafted Willie Cauley-Stein if the Kings go that way. Remember the Kings also have picked up Rajon Rondo and Marco Belinelli this summer. The Kings should be interesting this coming season.
DeMarcus Cousins. Rajon Rondo. George Karl. All in the same locker room for an NBA season.
Welcome to the Sacramento Kings, who had gone hard after Rondo since July 1 and on Friday they got their man. Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports was first with the news.
This has been confirmed by other sources, with the salary being set at $9.5 million.
Rondo was a complete train wreck after being traded to the Dallas Mavericks last season.
Rondo is a high IQ player, a gifted passer and a plus defender (although his defense is not near as good as its reputation). But it his shot that is the problem, here is his shot chart from last season:
On the Kings, defenders will sag off Rondo as he goes over the pick and work to clog the lane — don’t let Cousins do his work in the paint, make Rondo (and Rudy Gay) beat you with jumpers. (To be fair, the Kings did add Marco Belinelli.) If the Kings try to play offensively-limited rookie Willie Cauley-Stein along with Cousins, it just makes things that much more crowded in the paint. And if you think Rondo is there to help push the pace, you should ask Dallas about that (the coaching staff was frustrated with how he slowed the game down).
Off the court, Rondo can be moody, competitive and combative. Rondo couldn’t get along with Doc Rivers in Boston (and everyone likes Doc). Then he melted down during the first round of the playoffs for the Dallas Mavericks and the franchise paid him to go away mid-series. So have fun with that, George Karl.
Rondo is going to Sacramento; the Kings got their man.
And they are going to be very interesting to watch because of it.