Matthews’s original agreement with the Mavs was for four years and $57 million, but he signed a four-year, $70 million max contract after Jordan’s reversal, Aldridge reports.
Jordan’s unexpected de-commitment left the Mavericks with extra salary cap space.
Before Matthews accepted the $57 million offer, the Sacramento Kings had reportedly offered a four-year deal worth $64 million. The Portland Trail Blazers, Matthews’s previous team, reportedly did not offer him a new contract.
Matthews, who will be 27 when next season begins, averaged 15.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 60 games this season before he tore his Achilles tendon in early March.
- Dan Gartland