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Wesley Matthews agrees to 4-year deal with Mavericks

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The former Portland Trail Blazer is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, but is a very important get for the Mavs in a few ways.

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Wesley Matthews has agreed to a four-year deal probably worth about $52 million with the Dallas Mavericks, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge.

Matthews was offered and turned down a four-year, $64-million offer from the Sacramento Kings to accept a deal with the Mavs. Although the Mavericks were never willing to go that high, Matthews was understandably hesitant choose the instability of the Kings, including unresolved tension between star center DeMarcus Cousins and head coach George Karl.

The exact contract hasn't been finalized -- it's flexible based on DeAndre Jordan's decision -- but it will be a four-year deal and will pay Matthews around $13 million per season, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.

Matthews spent the last five years of his career with the Portland Trail Blazers, where he averaged 15.4 points per game and was a key defensive piece.

The Mavs were linked to Matthews before the free agency window opened, as he was spotted with Chandler Parsons and DeAndre Jordan in a Los Angeles club several days ago. Matthews was also one of the first free agents the Mavs met with, with Rick Carlisle and athletic trainer Casey Smith sitting down with the guard to talk about coming to Dallas. Simultaneous to that meeting at the opening of free agency on Tuesday night, another Mavs contingent, consisting of Mark Cuban, Dirk, and Parsons, met with Jordan to begin formal negotiations with the Clippers center.

It's been rumored that signing Matthews will help make the Mavs more attractive to DeAndre Jordan, so this signing is big news on that front as well. Jordan's decision is 50-50 between the Clippers and Mavericks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, and Matthews signing could be the "Joe Johnson trade" that swings Jordan to Dallas.

The biggest question mark with Matthews is obviously his Achilles, which he tore on March 5 while playing against the Mavs. An Achilles injury is incredibly difficult to come back from, with many players never reaching the same level of explosiveness they had prior to the injury.

Needless to say, if Matthews can return to the level of productivity he had prior to his injury, this will be a massive get for Dallas. He averages just under 40 percent from three-point range for his career and with his size alone (6-foot-5, 220 pounds), he's a defensive upgrade at shooting guard. The Mavs were desperate to upgrade both of those things, and with Matthews, they've done just that.