Verrrrry late Thursday night or really, verrrrrrry early Friday morning, Turner Sports' David Aldridge reported that former Marquette guard Wesley Matthews agreed to a four year contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
The news earlier in the evening on Thursday was that the Sacramento Kings had offered Matthews a contract worth $64 million over four years. It would seem that after the drama surrounding whether or not the Kings wanted to trade DeMarcus Cousins and whatever that meant for both the Kings' front office and head coach George Karl, Matthews didn't have any interest in taking a giant pile of money to get involved in that. In addition to that mess, the Kings also shed a ton of salary when they dealt Jason Thompson, Carl Landry, Nik Stauskas and a first round pick to Philadelphia. The goal was to attract Matthews, Rajon Rondo and/or Monta Ellis, but that plan has blown at least one tire.
Mavs Moneyball, our sister site that focuses on the Mavericks, also snagged the note from ESPN's Marc Stein that Matthews has not officially agreed to a dollar amount for his contract. That issue is largely due to the fact that the Mavericks are still pursuing LaMarcus Aldridge, Matthews' former teammate in Portland, as well as DeAndre Jordan. With Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder, and Dwyane Wade already agreeing to contracts totalling $150 million in value, I think it's safe to say that with the addition of Matthews' contract when it becomes final will push Marquette's haul in the 2015 free agency market to the $200 million mark. I don't want to tell these guys how to use their money, but MU did announce that new fieldhouse that could use a major donor...
UPDATE: David Aldridge got the scoop that Matthews' contract will be for $57 million over 4 years. Mavs Moneyball did the math to compare that contract to the big deal that was offered by the Kings, and due to the lack of income tax in Texas, things come out close to even for the former MU star.