Pacers quiet at trade deadline; add Wes Matthews after buyout from Knicks

The trade deadline came and gone and the Pacers were pretty quiet again.  The Pacers did make a trade with the Rockets which did not amount to much for either team.  The bigger news came when it was reported by The Stadium reporter Shams Charania when he tweeted that the New York Knicks are expected to “buyout” the contract of shooting guard Wes Matthews and he is expected to sign with the Pacers.

Matthews, who can defend his position and shoot the 3, will help offset the Victor Oladipo void, and didn’t cost the Pacers any assets at the trade deadline.

The trade market — the deadline was 3 p.m. Thursday — didn’t produce much for the Pacers, though there was a lot of interest in what they had. Rookie Aaron Holiday generated the most but he’s considered a future starter who is on a scale contract. The expiring contracts of Cory Joseph, Darren Collison, Thad Young, Bojan Bogdanovic and Tyreke Evans remain.

The Pacers have completed a deal with the Houston Rockets for a second-round pick, a league source confirmed. The Rockets will send the pick along with guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin to Indiana. The Pacers are expected to waive both players. The Pacers have salary cap space and get the second-round pick for helping keep Houston out of the luxury tax.

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