Mavericks likely without Wes Matthews until Christmas
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Mavericks likely without Wes Matthews until Christmas
Tuesday September 29th, 2015

The Dallas Mavericks will be without shooting guard Wesley Matthews for the season opener, Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said Tuesday.

Carlisle added that Matthews could be out until Christmas, though there is no definite timetable. Matthews, 28, ruptured his Achilles tendon in March while playing for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Matthews became a free agent at the end of the 2014–2015 season and signed a $70 million, four-year deal with the Mavericks. Matthews was originally set to earn $57 million, but received a pay raise when DeAndre Jordan backed out of his verbal commitment to the team to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. 

The guard originally thought he would be ready to play by the end of the summer, but was not cleared for the start of training camp.

Dallas is also missing small forward Chandler Parsons, who had microfracture surgery on his right knee in May and has not been cleared for camp.

Before the injury last season, Matthews averaged 15.9 points per game, 2.3 assists, and 3.7 rebounds.

• DeAndre Jordan: Game in Dallas will be ‘like an other road game’

- Xandria James

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