Pacers add Matthews, draft pick at trade deadline
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NBA’s trade deadline came and went Thursday afternoon without the Pacers making a blockbuster move.
However, the team wasn’t totally silent on deadline day.
Multiple reports say the Pacers will sign guard Wesley Matthews, who was released by the Knicks Thursday. Matthews is averaging 12.8 points in 46 games this season with the Mavericks and Knicks. His career scoring average is 13.8 in 11 seasons in the league.
The Pacers also reportedly made a trade with the Rockets for a second-round pick. They’ll get guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin in the deal as well, but are expected to waive them.
The team’s final move was to release center Ike Anigbogu. The UCLA product has only played in 14 games since the Pacers picked him with their second round pick in the 2017 draft.
“Guys are thinking about (the trade deadline) most of the day,” said Pacers head coach Nate McMillan after the deadline had passed. “Some happy, some sad, some guys want to be moved, and some guys are happy they’re here.
“What we have to do now is get refocused. Get refocused on this game tonight and things we need to do to try to win this game.”
“Very happy and excited to welcome (Wesley Matthews) to the family,” said Pacers forward Thad Young. “Looking forward to getting him here and getting him acclimated to our system.”
“I think he fits right in with what we do every day,” added guard Darren Collison. “He’s gonna make the dirty plays, the little things and what matters. That’s what he’s all about.”