It was pretty clear early on that the Milwaukee Bucks had no intention of bringing Wesley Matthews back for another season. Most of the signing the Bucks have made this offseason have been retaining their own players, such as Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, and Jae Crowder.
Additionally, the drafting of Andre Jackson Jr. and Chris Livingston and their subsequent signings indicate that Milwaukee, one of the oldest teams in the league, is working on getting younger while still maintaining their championship window.
Unfortunately for Matthews, this meant that he no longer had a spot on the team.
Former Milwaukee Bucks Guard Wesley Matthews Is Signing with the Atlanta Hawks
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Matthews has agreed to a contract with the Atlanta Hawks:
Free agent G Wesley Matthews has agreed on a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks, sources tell ESPN. Matthews, 36, joins the Hawks after two seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 21, 2023
Matthews is coming off the least productive season of his 14-year NBA career. He averaged 3.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in a career-low 15.1 minutes per contest. His 31.5% three-point shooting was also the lowest of his career.
This, of course, ends Matthews’ second stint with the team. The former Marquette star signed with Milwaukee in 2019-20. He was the starting shooting guard that year, averaging 7.4 points. 2.5 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game while shooting 36.4% from three.
The following year, in which the Bucks won the NBA Championship, Matthews was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. After The 2020-21 season, Matthews went un-signed for a long time. The Bucks brought him and DeMarcus Cousins in on 10-day contracts to help fill the void left by injured players.
Milwaukee could only keep one of them on their roster for the remainder of the season, and they selected Matthews. Matthews finished the 2021-22 season with Milwaukee before signing a one-year contract with them for last season, too.