According to Shams, the Pacers will sign Wesley Matthews after his release by the New York Knicks. Matthews was part of the Porzingis deal and since the Knicks value losing and cap space above all else this season, they released the wing player.
Obviously, the Pacers can use all of the scoring help they can find after suffering the loss of Victor Oladipo. Matthews spent several years with the Portland Trail Blazers, initially playing under Nate McMillan in McMillan’s final season as coach, so his ability to fit in with the Pacers culture has been vetted.
Still, there remain questions around adding a player at this point in the season as the rest of the East contenders made bold moves, going all in on a run to the NBA Finals this season. It will make more sense when we learn of the terms of the deal, but with Tyreke Evans and Cory Joseph still on the roster, who is the odd man out.
More importantly, the dynamic play of Edmond Sumner, pressed into action of late and starting to show signs he belongs, would make taking minutes away from the young wing short-sided at best.
After a deal with Houston to acquire with the intent to release, Nic Stauskas and Wade Baldwin, the Pacers had to release Ike Anigbogu. Adding Matthews takes up that spot, assuming Sumner fills up the 15th spot on the roster, as expected. Matthews, 32 would be considered a match for the Tyreke Evans role with the team.
Should be an interesting few post-deadline days as we see how this plays out for the Pacers.