The Dallas Mavericks will be without shooting guard Wesley Matthews likely for the remainder of the season after tests revealed he suffered a stress fracture in his right leg. In the heat of a race for a top-three pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Dallas will play it safe with one of its core players and hold him out for the remainder of the season.
Matthews, who last played on Saturday against the Memphis Grizzlies, is expected to spend the remainder of the season rehabbing from the injury. The 31-year-old is one of the few and more recent success stories of a player who came back from a torn Achilles and played at a productive level.
This season for the Mavericks, the veteran guard averaged 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He showed improvement as a shooter this season with a jump in his field goal percentage 39.3 percent in 2016 to 40.6 percent in 63 games this season. While he has never regained the form that allowed him to excel in his last two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers and average over 16 points per game as a 44 percent shooter, he managed to stay fairly healthy and missed just 13 games between 2015 and '16 with the Mavericks.
In his absence, there should be an increase in minutes for Yogi Ferrel, Doug McDermott and a usage bump for J.J. Barea. Though neither of the three should generate much fantasy interest even with the bump, especially given Dallas could rest its veterans as it continues to focus on improving its draft position.