Wesley Matthews
Wesley Matthews
33-Year-Old GuardG
Milwaukee Bucks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
In his 11th NBA season, Matthews will be returning to Wisconsin, where he played high school and college ball, to suit up for the Bucks. The veteran shooting guard is coming off a 2018-19 season where he saw time with three different teams. Between the Mavericks, Knicks and Pacers, Matthews appeared in 69 games and averaged 12.2 points per game, which is his lowest mark since his rookie year. While Matthews certainly isn't the same scorer he was earlier in his career, he is still a very capable three-point shooter, having shot at least 37 percent in each of the last two seasons, and he's never dipped below 36 percent in his career. With the departure of Malcolm Brogdon to the Pacers this offseason, there is a hole at the shooting guard position for the Bucks. And as of now, Matthews appears to be the top candidate to start in the backcourt alongside point guard Eric Bledsoe. However, given how head coach Mike Budenholzer chose to limit his top players' minutes last season, it seems unlikely that Matthews will top the 30 minutes per game threshold, which he has done in each of his last nine seasons. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.56 million contract with the Bucks in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Wesley Joel Matthews Jr. was born in San Antonio in 1986. Matthews comes from a family of athletes. His father, Wesley Sr, was a two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and his mother Pam was an All-American runner and basketball player at the University of Wisconsin. Matthews played high school basketball at James Madison Memorial, averaging 22.5 points as a senior and leading his team to a 24-2 record and state championship. For those efforts, he was named Mr. Basketball for Wisconsin by the WBCA/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and crowned the 2005 Associated Press Wisconsin Player of the Year. Matthews then attended Marquette University, where he appeared in 127 games over the course of three seasons. He ranks as Marquette's all-time leader in free throws made, eighth all-time in scoring and third in games played. You can follow Wesley Matthews on Twitter and Instagram @Wessywess23.

College/International Summary

Matthews was a second-generation basketball star, as his father played for the Wisconsin Badgers. The 6-5 guard stayed in-state to play hoops, but opted to play for coach Tom Crean at Marquette. He started 14 games as a freshman and averaged 9.0 points and 4.0 rebounds. As a sophomore, Matthews joined the starting lineup and was part of a trio of guards that included Dominic James and Jerel McNeal, providing the Golden Eagles an identity for the next three seasons. Matthews averaged 12.6 points and 5.3 rebounds, but Marquette was ousted from the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. As a junior, the guard recorded 11.3 points and 4.4 rebounds and helped the squad defeat Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament with 13 points. Matthews became a big-time scorer as a senior and led the team with 18.3 points to go with 5.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals. The guard scored a career-high 30 points during a loss to Tennessee. He was named to the All-Big East Second Team and dropped 24 points in the last game of his career, a loss to Missouri in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Erratic from field in loss
GMilwaukee Bucks
March 10, 2020
Matthews finished with nine points (2-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six rebounds, two assists and two steals across 32 minutes in Monday's 109-95 loss to the Nuggets.
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The Bucks held out seven players for either rest or injury Monday, but two of the oldest members of the roster -- Matthews and Kyle Korver -- weren't among them. Korver (season-high 23 points) was able to take advantage of the multiple absences, but Matthews couldn't capitalize on his elevated usage rate and minutes. He'll likely settle back around 25 minutes and see his role on offense dwindle Thursday, when the Bucks should have most of their key players available for a matchup with the Celtics.
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2009

Following four collegiate seasons at Marquette, Matthews signed with the Jazz as a free agent after going unselected in the 2009 NBA Draft. He quickly established himself as a legitimate NBA talent, playing 20-plus minutes in all but 24 of the 82 games he appeared in. He also drew 48 starts. Overall, he averaged 9.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists, notably shooting an efficient 48.3 percent from the field, 38.2 percent from three and 82.9 percent from the charity stripe. His best performance of the season was Mar. 14 during an eight-point loss to the Thunder on the road. Matthews posted 29 points (9-11 FG, 6-7 3Pt, 5-6 FT) and three rebounds across 35 minutes. It was one of his three efforts of 20-plus points. Utah finished the season 53-29 under head coach Jerry Sloan, making it to the second round of the postseason. Matthews was trusted heavily, playing 37.1 minutes per game in the playoffs, averaging 13.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.7 assists. His best playoff performance was during an 11-point victory over the Nuggets during Game 4 of the first round. Matthews posted 18 points (7-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block across 42 minutes.

2010

Following a successful rookie year with the Jazz, who signed Matthews after he went undrafted, the Trail Blazers stepped in over the summer to sign him to a contract. He proceeded to start 69 of the 82 games he appeared in for Portland, setting career highs nearly across the board in his expanded role. Matthews averaged 15.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 44.9 percent from the field, 40.7 percent from three and 84.4 percent from the charity stripe. He ranked 12th in the NBA in three-point attempts (378) and seventh in makes (154). Matthews' best game of the season occurred Jan. 7 in a 10-point win over Minnesota on the road. He posted 36 points (10-18 FG, 7-10 3Pt, 9-9 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 40 minutes. It marked one of his four 30-point games on the season. Portland finished the season 48-34 under head coach Nate McMillan, but the Trail Blazers failed to make it out of the first round. In six playoff appearances, Matthews averaged 13.0 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 33.7 minutes. He impressed during a Game 3 victory over the Mavericks, notably dropping 25 points on 4-of-6 from distance.

2011

Matthews started 53 of the 66 games he appeared in during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 NBA season. He averaged 13.7 points, a career-high 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and a career-high 1.5 steals across 33.8 minutes. Matthews finished fifth in the league in three-pointers made (129), 14th in steals (96) and 20th in free-throw percentage (86.0). His best game of the season was Apr. 2 during a five-point loss to the Jazz. Matthews posted 33 points (10-12 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 8-10 FT), three assists, two steals and one rebound across 40 minutes. That performance marked one of his two outings with at least 30 points. Under head coaches Nate McMillan (20-23) and Kaleb Canales (8-15), the Trail Blazers finished the season 28-38 and did not make the postseason.

2012

The 2012-13 season marked Matthews' fourth year in the league and third with the Trail Blazers. After suiting up for every game in his first three seasons in the league, Matthews missed 13 games due to hip and ankle injuries. In his 34.8 minutes per game, he averaged 14.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, a career-high 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals. Matthews also drilled a career-high 2.4 triples per game on 39.8 percent shooting (13th-best in the league). His 169 three-pointers made ranked 11th in the NBA. Matthews had his best game of the season Nov. 23 during a eight-point victory over the Timberwolves at home. He dropped 30 points (12-17 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four steals and three assists in 40 minutes. That marked one of his 18 performances on the season with 20-plus points, and it was his only 30-point effort. Under head coach Terry Stotts, the Trail Blazers finished the year 33-49 and did not make the postseason.

2013

After missing 13 games during the 2012-13 season, Matthews was back to his usual, healthy self in 2013-14. He started all 82 games, seeing 33.9 minutes per game. He averaged a career-high 16.4 points, a career-high 3.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Matthews also drilled a career-high 2.5 threes per contest at 39.3 percent. His 201 made threes ranked fifth in the NBA, and he ranked 14th in offensive rating (118.4), 17th in offensive win shares (6.3) and 17th in offensive box plus/minus (3.4). In a 13-point victory over the Wizards on Mar. 20, Matthews had his best performance of the season. He dropped 28 points (8-16 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 8-8 FT), five assists, one steal and one rebound across 33 minutes. It was one of his 24 efforts with 20-plus points. Matthews also posted 29 games with at least five rebounds, seven games with five or more assists and four efforts with at least three steals. Under head coach Terry Stotts, Portland finished the season 54-28 and made it to the second round of the playoffs against the Spurs after beating the Rockets. In the playoffs, Matthews averaged 14.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals. His best postseason effort was in a 10-point loss to the Rockets during Game 5. Matthews played 39 minutes and recorded 27 points (9-18 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three blocks, two rebounds and one steal.

2014

As a result of a torn Achilles tendon suffered in early March, Matthews played a career-low 60 games. Prior to suffering the injury, Matthews averaged 15.9 points, a career-high 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.7 minutes per game. He also drilled a career-high 2.9 threes per contest at a rate of 38.9 percent. His best three-point shooting month was December, with Matthews hitting 46 threes in 15 games at 41.4 percent. Matthews finished the season ranked ninth in made threes (173), eighth in effective field-goal percentage (56.3) and 13th in offensive box plus/minus (3.8). His best game of the season occurred Feb. 25 in a 111-95 win over the Spurs at home. In 34 minutes, Matthews posted 31 points (11-18 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 5-7 FT), five rebounds, three assists and three steals. That was Matthews' only 30-point effort of the season, though he finished the year with 14 performances of 20-plus points. He also racked up 21 games with at least five rebounds, seven games with five-plus steals, and nine efforts with at least three steals. Under head coach Terry Stotts, Portland finished the year 51-31 and lost to the Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs.

2015

Matthews tore his Achilles in March of 2015 but vowed to be ready for the start of the 2015-16 season. The veteran made good on his promise, recovering in fewer than eight months to start and play 26 minutes in an opening night win over the Suns. Overall, Matthews appeared in 78 games, starting each one and averaging 12.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steal across 33.9 minutes. He ranked 10th in the NBA in three-pointers made with 189, and he ranked 18th in free-throw percentage (86.3). Matthews' best performance of the season took place Dec. 6 in a 12-point win over the Wizards. In 41 minutes, Matthews posted 36 points (12-23 FG, 10-17 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block. It was his lone 30-point effort of the season, though Matthews did have nine performances with at least five made threes. One of Matthews' best stretches of the season occurred from Mar. 20 through Apr. 4. In those eight games, he averaged 17.6 points (44.6 FG%, 49.3 3P%, 85.0 FT%), 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 37.6 minutes. Under head coach Rick Carlisle, the Mavericks finished 42-40 but lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Thunder in five games. In the postseason, Matthews averaged 13.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 34.6 minutes.

2016

The 2016-17 campaign marked Matthews' eighth season in the league and second year with the Mavericks. He averaged 13.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, a career-high 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals across 34.2 minutes. His 174 made threes and 479 three-point attempts ranked 17th and 13th, respectively, in the league. He was second on the Mavericks in total points (986), assists (210) and steals (77) while ranking first in made threes. November was Matthews' best three-point shooting month, as he went 40-of-92 (43.5 percent) from beyond the arc. His best game of the season was during a 112-92 win over the Nuggets at home Dec. 12. Matthews racked up 25 points (10-14 FG, 5-7 3Pt), four rebounds and two steals across 32 minutes. That was one of his 14 games with 20-plus points. He also posted 21 games with five-plus rebounds, 14 games with five-plus assists and nine games with at least three steals. The Mavericks, under head coach Rick Carlisle, went 33-49 and finished 11th in the Western Conference.

2017

Matthews wound up missing 18 of the final 19 games of the season due to a stress fracture in his right leg, but he played well in the 63 appearances (62 starts) he made. Across 33.8 minutes per game, the 31-year-old averaged 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals. Matthews also drilled 2.4 threes per game at a 38.1 percent clip. He shot 40.7 percent from distance at home. His best shooting month of the season was February. In nine games, Matthews posted a 59.4 true shooting percentage, going 46-of-105 from the field, 29-of-68 from three and 9-of-10 from the charity stripe. Arguably his best performance of the season occurred Jan. 24 during a seven-point loss to the Rockets. In 38 minutes, Matthews recorded 29 points (10-18 FG, 7-14 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block. That represented one of Matthews' seven games with at least 20 points, and he also made seven triples on three occasions. In addition, the veteran racked up 13 efforts with at least three made triples and two steals. The Mavericks finished the season 24-58 and did not make the playoffs.

2018

Matthews began the 2018-19 season in Dallas, where he had spent the prior three campaigns. He appeared in 44 games (all starts) for the Mavericks, averaging 13.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 29.8 minutes. On Jan. 31, he was traded to the Knicks. Matthews played just two games in New York, totaling 14 points, five assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block across 54 minutes. He was subsequently waived and picked up by the Pacers. With Indiana, he appeared in 23 games (all starts), averaging 10.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists across 31.5 minutes. He also started all four playoff games for the Pacers, posting 7.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 29.8 minutes. His season highs checked in at 25 points, seven rebounds, five assists, four blocks and three steals. Arguably his best game of the season occurred during a four-point loss to the Warriors on Dec. 12, when Matthews posted 25 points (including seven three-pointers), four assists, three rebounds and a steal in 36 minutes. He concluded the season with 10 games of at least 20 points.

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Transaction History
  • September 30, 2009
    Signed a one-year contract with the Utah Jazz.
  • July 21, 2010
    Signed a five-year contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • July 9, 2015
    Signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks
  • January 31, 2019
    Traded by the Dallas Mavericks with DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., a 2021 first-round draft pick and a 2023 first-round draft pick to the New York Knicks for Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Kristaps Porzingis.
  • February 7, 2019
    Waived by the New York Knicks.
  • February 10, 2019
    Signed a one-year contract with the Indiana Pacers
  • July 12, 2019
    Signed a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
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Matthews was once again a mainstay in the Mavericks' rotation last season, sticking in the starting five and averaging 33.8 minutes per game. He did struggle with an injury late in the year, though, as Matthews wound up missing 18 of the final 19 games of the season due to a stress fracture in his right leg. Prior to going down, the nine-year veteran saw his numbers take a slight dip across the board and finished with 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals. As been the case for his entire career, Matthews' biggest contribution came as a three-point marksman. He shot 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and hit 2.4 threes per game, which helped space the floor for point guard Dennis Smith and Harrison Barnes to get to the rim. Matthews' Fantasy value could be in trouble, however. The Mavericks selected fellow wing Luka Doncic with the third overall pick in the draft and the EuroLeague MVP is apparently NBA ready and set to play a significant role in the rotation. Matthews seems likely to be a player that has to give up some minutes as a result, so the veteran could have trouble coming close to the 33.8 minutes he averaged in 2017-18. Like Doncic, Matthews can play both wing positions, so there's a chance the two could be on the court at the same time. That said, the Mavericks also added star big man DeAndre Jordan in free agency, so in addition to Doncic's presence, there will be more mouths to feed all around. Matthews should continue to be a reliable three-point shooter, but the offseason roster reconstruction likely impacted his Fantasy value in a negative fashion.
Matthews put together another relatively healthy campaign, starting all 73 games he played in during his second year in Dallas. He saw his overall averages increase, as his 13.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals were all slightly up from a season prior. One of his biggest contributions continued to be his three-point shooting (2.4 per game), though his 36.3 percent clip from deep was still down from his 38.3 percent career number, meaning there's room for improvement. Heading into his ninth season as a professional, Matthews should again be in line for a starter's workload. The Mavericks brought in point guard Dennis Smith with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, they'll have leading scorer Harrison Barnes back and will also have Nerlens Noel for the entire season, so there's going to be more mouths to feed on the offensive side of the ball. That means Matthews could see a few less looks overall despite likely playing minutes close to the 34.2 he averaged in 2016-17. Matthews isn't necessarily an elite shooting guard option, but considering the difficulty of finding a serviceable Fantasy shooting guard, similar numbers would likely put him in consideration for a selection in the middle rounds of most drafts.
Matthews tore his Achilles in March of 2015 but vowed to be ready for the start of the 2015-16 season. The veteran made good on his promise, recovering in less than eight months to start and play 26 minutes in an opening night win over the Suns. While Matthews was never quite himself last season, he still finished with respectable per-game averages of 12.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steals. His field-goal percentage took a significant dive (career-low 38.8%), yet he remained a strong outside shooter, converting 36 percent of his 6.7 three-point attempts per game. With a full offseason to prepare, a bounce back seems likely as Matthews enters his age-30 season. The Mavericks added Harrison Barnes on the wing, but the departure of Chandler Parsons should make that a relatively seamless swap in terms of its potential impact on Matthews' role. Expect Matthews to hold a firm grasp on the starting shooting guard spot, while likely moving closer to his career shooting efficiency numbers (43.5% from the field, 38.7% from the three-point line). If Matthews is able to stay healthy, he's worth a look in the middle rounds in most leagues.
Matthews was leading the NBA in three-pointers made before suffering a torn Achilles tendon. As a result, the six-year veteran played a career-low 60 games. Before the injury, Matthews averaged 34 minutes per game and finished the season averaging 15.9 points, 2.3 assists, and 3.7 rebounds. He shot 45 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range. Despite the injury, Dallas signed Matthews to a max-deal in the offseason, citing his ability to defend and stretch the floor on offense as being well worth the risk. Unfortunately, Achilles injuries are very difficult to bounce back from, though Matthews appears determined to be ready for Opening Night. Despite the optimism, the Mavericks plan on handling his rehab conservatively, understanding Matthews is a major piece of their team moving forward. Don't be surprised if he misses the start of the season and needs a significant amount of time to return to form. His style of play isn't predicated on athleticism, so he's better suited to bounce back than others, though a considerable dip in productivity should be expected.
In each of his five NBA seasons, Wesley Matthews has increased his three-point total on, settling at 201 successful attempts in 2013-14. The mark was the second-most by a Blazer in franchise history, and only a degree behind Damian Lillard's 218 on the season. In the meantime, Matthews recorded 16.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 three-pointers per game, joining his fellow starters with his own personal career highs. He's a true difference maker on the defensive end, though, generally taking on an opponent's top wing on a nightly basis. During Portland's six-game first-round victory over the Rockets, for example, Matthews teamed with Nicolas Batum to harass James Harden into 38-percent shooting from the field, a colossal eight-point drop from Harden' season-long clip. Although Matthews will likely never put up intriguing lines, outside of his proficiency from deep, his durability - namely, only missing games in one of his five seasons - is all but a given. Additionally, no matter the composition of the guard rotation, since Matthews signed with the Blazers in the summer of 2010, he's been handed at least 33 minutes per game.
After suiting up for every game in his first three seasons in the league, Matthews missed 13 games due to hip and ankle injuries and would later require surgery on his non-shooting elbow in the offseason. In spite of the various ailments, Matthews still averaged a career-high 35 minutes per game, largely due to a dearth of talent on the Blazers' bench. Aside from a small uptick in scoring (14.8 points) and three-point production (2.4 threes per game) and a downgrade in rebounding (2.8), Matthews more or less held constant across the board. Never a player to pile up notable counting stats outside of the scoring column, Matthews figures to see his numbers take a hit after the Blazers made beefing up their reserve unit a priority in the offseason. In addition to signing Mo Williams and Dorell Wright and trading for Robin Lopez, Portland added C.J. McCollum with the 10th overall pick in this summer's draft. With Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum locked into full-time roles at point guard and small forward, Matthews' playing time seems to be the most threatened by McCollum, a talented scoring guard who will be tabbed as the Blazers' sixth man to start the season and could ultimately usurp Matthews of his starting job.
With the retirement of Brandon Roy, Matthews filled the shooting guard slot for the Trail Blazers and excelled at just about everything, except the “shooting” part. While Matthews held steady across pretty much every category, a 41.2 field goal percentage cut his scoring average down two full points per game. Matthews was plagued by an over-reliance on the jump shot, as he attempted nearly half a shot more from beyond the arc per game and shot at a lower percentage than the year before. He also got to the line a lot less, dropping from 3.8 free throws per game to 2.6. If Matthews can curb his outside shooting and get to the rack more frequently, he could emerge as Portland’s most viable perimeter threat. The team will likely lean on Matthews early on with rookie Damian Lillard slated to handle point guard duties, which should only help his numbers. Ideally, fantasy owners would like to see Matthews add more assists to his repertoire, but he makes up for that with his dependable steals totals (1.5 per game in 2011-12) and low turnover rate (1.1 per game). Though he perhaps relied on the three-ball too much, he still nailed two threes per game, tying for 12th in the NBA. Matthews has the potential to work out the kinks in his game and become an upper-level shooting guard this season.
Matthews has been rehabbing his “messed up” ankle all offseason, but it’s believed he should be ready when training camp starts. With Brandon Roy’s career teetering on the edge of a cliff, Matthews has come to be considered the shooting guard of both the present and the future for the Trail Blazers. Through 69 games as a starter last season, Matthews averaged 16.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.1 three-pointers, 1.4 steals, and 1.7 turnovers in 36 minutes. His minutes and scoring tapered off a little after the Blazers acquired Gerald Wallace at the trade deadline, but that loss in minutes may have also been related to the ankle injury he was fighting through for the last two months of the season. Matthews may still be undervalued in some drafts due to his season averages being slightly lowered from the 13 games he has used in limited action at the beginning of the season, but don’t let him slip in drafts. His ability to contribute better-than-average stats in three-pointers and steals make him an ideal shooting guard to own in fantasy.
Matthews' 2009-10 campaign has to be considered a success -- from a financial perspective, if nothing else. He started the year as an undrafted free agent, signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Jazz, started 48 games, and then signed a five-year offer sheet, worth about $33 million, with the Trail Blazers this offseason. As with his real-life skillset, he offers no one standout tool in fantasy, either. Nor is he likely to play more than 30 minutes per game, making him waiver-wire fodder in most formats.
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GMilwaukee Bucks
February 28, 2020
Matthews scored 14 points (5-11 FG, 4-8 3Pt), adding on six rebounds and three assists during a game-high 28 minutes in Milwaukee's 133-86 win over the Thunder.
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Impact continues to decline
GMilwaukee Bucks
February 7, 2020
Matthews had just eight points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist and one block in 31 minutes during Thursday's 112-101 victory over Philadelphia.
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Pops for 17
GMilwaukee Bucks
February 4, 2020
Matthews scored 17 points (6-11 FG, 5-9 3Pt) while adding two rebounds, two assists and a block in 28 minutes during Tuesday's 120-108 win over the Pelicans.
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Will play Friday
GMilwaukee Bucks
January 24, 2020
Matthews (illness) is available to play Friday against the Hornets.
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Illness
January 23, 2020
Matthews (illness) is listed as probable for Friday's game against the Hornets.
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