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.