Pacers sign veteran Wesley Matthews

Wesley Matthews who began the NBA season with the Dallas Mavericks was signed Sunday by the Indiana Pacers after being released Thursday by the New York Knicks

Wesley Matthews who began the NBA season with the Dallas Mavericks was signed Sunday by the Indiana Pacers after being released Thursday by the New York Knicks

Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) drives to the basket past New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja (8) during the first half at Madison Square Garden.

The 32-year-old wing player signed with the Pacers on Sunday after he received a buyout from the Knicks, the team announced.

After one season with Utah and five more at Portland, Matthews signed a four-year deal with Dallas before the Mavericks traded him to NY a week before the Knicks dropped him.

According to multiple reports, Matthews quickly agreed to join the Pacers, who still are reeling from the scoring and leadership loss of Victor Oladipo.

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Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard called Matthews a "solid professional" who will "fit in well" with Indiana.

In 45 games with Dallas, Matthews made 44 starts and averaged 12.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists. NY waived the 32-year-old on Thursday.

As Wesley Matthews was weighing his free agency options recently, Russell Westbrook and Paul George tried to recruit the 10-year veteran to the Thunder.

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