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Report: Bucks Sign Wes Matthews to Veteran Minimum

Veteran shooter slated to boost Milwaukee’s offense

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Portland Trail Blazers Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

You had to wonder whether Jon Horst had one more rabbit to pull out of his hat after yesterday’s free agency bonanza, and it appears Wesley Matthews is his latest trick:

Matthews, a 10-year vet, spent the latter portion of last season with the Indiana Pacers after getting traded from Dallas and bought out by the New York Knicks. He averaged 10.9 points (.386/.369/.854), 2.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in his 23 apperances as a Pacer, though he struggled in their first-round series against the Celtics.

For the Bucks this signing amounts to a veteran wing who fits the mold of a shooter to function within coach Mike Budenholzer’s five-out system. Matthews has a career 3PAr of .511 and increased that mark to .577 last season.

With Malcolm Brogdon on his way to Indiana there was an open question as to how Milwaukee would plug up the gap left by his departure. With Matthews in the fold the Bucks have yet another option on the perimeter with a green light to launch the ball from deep. It won’t be a like-for-like replacement, but the Bucks have much-needed insurance.

Jon Horst may have done it again, folks.