Starting job for Wesley Matthews key in luring his 'business-like mentality' to Pacers


Pacers Insider J. Michael breaks down why the acquisition of Wes Matthews makes sense and it can benefit both parties.
J. Michael, IndyStar

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INDIANAPOLIS — A natural connection exists between Wesley Matthews and the Indiana Pacers.

The only impediment to him coming? A starting job. He got that assurance and made his first appearance Sunday for practice at St. Vincent Center.

“That’s huge,” said Matthews, who’ll slot into the spot vacated after Victor Oladipo’s season-ending right knee injury Jan. 23. “That’s how I view myself and that’s how this organization views me. That’s big right there.”

Whether he’ll be ready start Monday at home against the Charlotte Hornets will be determined, but the Pacers have gained stability there as Tyreke Evans likely returns to his backup role. That’ll cut into the minutes for rookie guard Aaron Holiday or Edmond Sumner.

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