Pacers sign veteran guard Matthews

The Pacers have signed veteran guard Wesley Matthews.

The Indiana Pacers have signed free-agent guard Wesley Matthews, according to the team.

Matthews played in 45 games (44 starts) for the Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks this season, averaging 12.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists, while shooting 40.6 percent from the field, 37.4 percent from the 3-point arc and 79.1 percent from the free-throw line.

“We’re excited to welcome Wesley to the Pacers,” Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said. “He’s a solid professional who we feel strongly will help us the remainder of the season and into the playoffs. When we looked at possible players to bring in, he fit in well with what we are trying to accomplish here on the court, in the locker room and off the court.”

After spending parts of four seasons with the Mavericks, the 32-year-old was traded to New York on Jan. 31 before being waived by the Knicks on Thursday.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Matthews went undrafted in 2009 and carries career averages of 13.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 32.6 minutes in 701 games (639 starts) in 10 NBA seasons with Utah, Portland, Dallas and New York.

After going undrafted out of Marquette in the 2009 NBA Draft, Matthews has averaged 13.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game and is a career 38.2 percent shooter from 3-point range over his 10 NBA seasons with Utah, Portland, Dallas and New York.

The Pacers (37-19) have won five straight games and stand third in the Eastern Conference standings behind Milwaukee (41-14) and Toronto (41-16), despite having lost All-Star guard Victor Oladipo to a torn quadriceps injury.

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