Wesley Matthews sticks with Mavericks, gets four-year, $68-million deal

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban gave free-agent guard Wesley Matthews an out after accepting the reality that DeAndre Jordan was spurning Dallas to re-sign with the Clippers.

Matthews turned him down, deciding to stand by his agreement to sign with a franchise that could be reeling for a long time after the 6-foot-11 center's stunning reversal.

"I can't print his exact response, but suffice it to say he is excited to play for our Mavs," Cuban wrote to fans on his Cyber Dust app. "Wes Matthews is exactly the type of player we want in a Mavs uniform and our fans will love him."

Matthews signed a four-year deal for a reported $68 million. He ruptured his Achilles' tendon on March 6 while playing for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Garnett getting $8 million a year

Kevin Garnett will get paid $8 million per season over the two-year contract he has agreed to with the Minnesota Timberwolves, a person with knowledge of the agreement told the Associated Press.

Garnett and the Timberwolves put the finishing touches on the deal earlier this week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because financial details have not been announced.

The 39-year-old Garnett made an emotional return to the Timberwolves — the franchise he essentially put on the map during 12 years in Minnesota to start his career — in a February trade with the Brooklyn Nets. After a thunderous welcome in his first home game back, Garnett played just four more games the rest of the way while he dealt with knee issues and the Timberwolves went on a nose dive to the bottom of the standings.


The Sacramento Kings traded guard Ray McCallum to the San Antonio Spurs for a second-round pick in next year's draft. Sacramento selected McCallum in the second round and 36th overall in 2013. He averaged 6.9 points, 2.7 assists and 20.7 minutes per game the last two seasons. ... The Washington Wizard moved to fill the void of losing Paul Pierce to the Clippers by signing free-agent guard Gary Neal, who averaged 10.1 points in 54 games last season with Charlotte and Minnesota. ... Guard Goran Dragic is staying with the Miami Heat, signing a five-year deal for a reported $86 million. The Heat also agreed with forward Gerald Green on a $1.4-million, one-year deal.... Brandan Wright signed a reported three-year contract worth $18 million with the Memphis Grizzlies to boost the team's frontcourt depth behind Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. ... The Toronto Raptors waived guard Luke Ridnour. Toronto acquired Ridnour and cash considerations from the Oklahoma City Thunder on June 30 for the draft rights to forward Tomislav Zubcic. After averaging four points and two assists for Orlando last season, Ridnour was dealt to Charlotte last month in a deal involving Memphis and then almost immediately sent to the Thunder along with a conditional 2016 second-round draft pick for guard Jeremy Lamb.

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