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Wesley Matthews exercises $18.6 million player option

The Ironman will be back for the final season of his contract.

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In news that will surprise no one, Wesley Matthews has exercised his player option for the final season of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks, Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania reports. Matthews is set to earn $18.6 million next season.

Matthews is coming off his best shooting season with Dallas having connected on 40.6 percent of his shots, including 38.1 percent from downtown and averaged 12.7 points per game.

The Mavericks shut down Matthews in March after an MRI revealed that he had a stress fracture in his right fibula. Matthews appeared in 63 games prior to missing the end of the season.

At the time, head coach Rick Carlisle said he didn’t believe the injury was serious but that it will take some time to heal. Matthews was just one of many Mavericks who missed time this season due to injury.

In 2015, Matthews sustained a torn Achilles that ended his season after 60 games. He signed with Dallas that summer and was able to play opening night, an almost astounding feat. While there is not yet a timetable for recovery for Matthews’ fractured fibula, it’s likely that the Ironman will be ready to go by the time next season rolls around.