Ranking the Milwaukee Bucks’ moves from the 2022 NBA offseason

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Milwaukee Bucks: Wesley Matthews
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Ranking the Milwaukee Bucks’ offseason moves – 6. Re-signing Wes Matthews to a one-year deal in NBA Free Agency

As he braced for NBA free agency, it seemed inevitable that Wesley Matthews would remain with the Milwaukee Bucks. Both Matthews and the organization expressed mutual interest in running it back for another season, which showed in free agency as the two parties came to terms on a new deal quickly after they were allowed to do so. As most expected, Matthews’ new deal is worth the minimum as he opted to return on a team-friendly contract for 2022-23.

Given how important Matthews proved to be for the Bucks last season, re-signing him for another year was a no-brainer for the front office. After starting the season at home, Matthews worked all the way up the ladder to being a full-time starter for the Bucks in the postseason. He played well, having displayed tenacious defense and a reliable outside shot. While he may not retain that spot in the starting lineup this season, Matthews can still undoubtedly help this team. Given how much the Bucks were hurt by a lack of wing depth last season, keeping Matthews in town for that reason alone is justifiable.

Though his minutes will likely not be significant nightly, there will be a role for Matthews with the Bucks this season. Matthews’ importance will likely increase as the season progresses just like it did last season, whether that means having him play amongst the starters or come off the bench with more minutes. Whatever the case, Matthews fits in well in Milwaukee and can help this team win. On a veteran minimum deal, there is nothing to hate about this move whatsoever.

It is also worth noting that Wesley Matthews has taken on a mentor role with newly drafted wing MarJon Beauchamp.