The Sacramento Kings have tried these last few days. They threw more money at Monta Ellis than the Pacers, but Ellis chose to go to Indianapolis.
Next they threw a boatload of money at Wesley Matthews, around $64 million.
But Matthews has chosen Dallas as his next stopping point, reports David Aldridge of NBA.com.
Free agent guard Wes Matthews spurned a large offer from the Sacramento Kings late Thursday night to accept a four-year offer from the Dallas Mavericks, according to a league source.
The exact amount of Matthews’ deal is not yet set (it will depend on the money Dallas would need to spend on LaMarcus Aldridge or, more likely, DeAndre Jordan). The Kings had offered in the ballpark of $64 million, it’s appears Matthews took less to be in Dallas, the question remains how much?
Matthews averaged 15.9 points a game and shot 38.9 percent from three last season before getting injured. He is also a strong defender and was the locker room leader of the Blazers.
Matthews is coming off a torn Achilles from last March. He is reportedly ahead of schedule with his recovery, but this likely slows him at the start of next season and may linger much farther into it.
If Dallas can also land DeAndre Jordan in free agency — it’s a toss up between the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas — they will have had the kind of summer that will put them back near the top of the West.