The Lakers signed former Milwaukee Bucks wing Wesley Matthews to the $2.6 million bi-annual exception in the first hours of free agency, and in doing so, they added a key player who will help make up for the trade of Danny Green and shore up their roster and wing rotation.
Matthews brings a highly valued two-way skillset, mentality and drive to the defending champions’ roster. In the following video, I detailed those skills.
So there it is — Matthews adds critical spacing to the Lakers offense, along with secondary attacking and off-ball movement, as well as relentless, high IQ perimeter defending, all combined with a relentless, grinding defensive mentality. His skillset will go a long way towards giving the Lakers crucially necessary depth on the wing as they go through a shortened season, a championship-level role player searching for his first elusive title, and his talents will make him a critical cog and addition to a Lakers’ team with a repeat on their minds both on the court, and off of it, where his hunger will for his first will help add to the team’s own.
Rob Pelinka with ANOTHER ONE. What a free agency masterclass he put on this offseason.
Dr. Rajpal Brar has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, and runs his own sports medicine and performance business, 3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA. He also works at a hospital — giving him experience with patients in the immediate healthcare setting and neurological patients (post stroke, post brain injury) — and has been practicing for 1.5 years. Brar is additionally training at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC), and analyzes the Lakers from a medical perspective for Silver Screen and Roll and Laker Film Room. You can follow him on Twitter at @3cbPerformance.