Sources: Wesley Matthews exercises $18.6 million option to stay with Mavs

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/4694/" data-ylk="slk:Wesley Matthews">Wesley Matthews</a> has played three seasons with the Mavericks. (AP)
Wesley Matthews has played three seasons with the Mavericks. (AP)

Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews has exercised his $18.6 million player option for the 2018-19 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Matthews will enter the final year of the four-year, $70 million contract he signed in 2015.

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Matthews averaged 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 33.8 minutes in 63 games for the Mavericks this season, providing steady wing play and a veteran presence.

The Mavericks finished the season 24-58, prioritizing the development of promising rookie Dennis Smith Jr. and veterans such as Harrison Barnes and Dwight Powell. Dallas will have the third-best odds for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft lottery.

Matthews, 31, has played nine NBA seasons for Dallas, Portland and Utah. He emerged as an impressive two-way player in five seasons with the Trail Blazers from 2010-15.

Matthews suffered a season-ending stress fracture in his right leg March 12 and is expected to rehabilitate toward full health.

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