While Matthew (Matt) Wayne Freije (born October 2, 1981, in Bismarck, North Dakota) is an American professional basketball player, currently playing in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional. He was selected 53rd overall in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat, was then released and later played for the New Orleans Hornets. He played 19 games for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2006-07 season but was waived in December 2006 to clear a roster spot for Slava Medvedenko.
After being drafted 53rd and subsequently released by the Miami Heat before the start of the season, Freije latched on with the New Orleans Hornets during the 2004-05 season, where he appeared in 23 games–11 of which he started. He averaged 4.0 points and 2.7 rebounds before being released later in the season. On December 26th, 2004, Freije set his career high for both points and rebounds by registering 12 points and 11 rebounds in a 100-91 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
One year later, during the 2006-07 season, Freije was signed by the Atlanta Hawks and appeared in 19 games and averaged 2.1 points per game. His best day as a Hawk was on December 10th, 2006, when he shot 4-5 from the field en route to an 8 point/5 rebound day against the Sacramento Kings. At the present time, Freije has appeared in 42 games, with career averages of 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.
Freije played for the Milwaukee Bucks summer league team in Las Vegas, NV. During his first game with the team, he finished second on the team in scoring with 11 points on 4-6 shooting (3-4 from three point range) in an 88-79 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Freije was absolutely blistering throughout the NBA's Summer League in Vegas, as he shot 58.6% from the field and 60% from three point range, en route to averaging 11.8 points per game for the Bucks, who finished 4-1 during Vegas Summer League play. Freije finished second on the team in scoring and block shots per game and first in field goal percentage and three point field goal percentage in only 21.5 minutes per game.
He is now playing for Criollos de Caguas of the Puerto Rican BSN and before in Germany & China.