Blog Entry

Report: Portland signs Matthews to offer sheet

Posted on: July 10, 2010 7:16 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2010 7:18 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The Blazers have signed guard Wesley Matthews, a restricted free agent, to a five-year, $34 million offer sheet, Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

If you need help with that, that's $6.8 million a year. Matthews had a nice rookie campaign averaging 9.4 points per game and turning into one of last year's rookie surprises. If you remember, he was an undrafted free agent. And now he's turned a quality year into a potentially large contract. Pretty, pretty good for a guy that didn't hear his name called last June.

The report says that the Blazers offered Matthews a frontloaded deal that would pay him close to $9.2 million the first year in an effort to discourage Utah from matching. Maybe Portland's just messing with the Jazz though. If you recall, the Blazers offered a four-year, $32 million deal to Paul Millsap last year that forced Utah's hand to match it. The Jazz did and kept Millsap. Hard to figure if Matthews is important enough match on.

Obviously without Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver, Utah's got more space, and more need. Matthews signed the contract Saturday night and the Jazz have seven days to match.


Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: July 13, 2010 10:38 pm

Report: Portland signs Matthews to offer sheet

not sure where matthew fits in. almost $7 million a year for a backup swingman?! thought portland was trying to handcuff the jazz again but this move looks like its going to backfire! i don't see matthews as an upgrade over rudy, which we'll probly have to move, or leave any minutes for babbit in that swingman role which basically plays 20-25 minutes a game. that said if my blazers are healthy, and thats a big if, we will finally make that jump from 50 wins to 55-60 win territory and then lose horribly in the playoffs!

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2010 12:53 pm

Report: Portland signs Matthews to offer sheet

The Blazers havn't been as good as the Jazz in years. The Blazers are really pissing me off, they are just trying to get the Jazz to pay more money so they don't get anyone, when the Jazz don't match the Blazers will be crapping there pants, because they just did it to waste the Jazz's money and the Jazz didn't fall for it. C'mon Jazz go get Al Jefferson, and/or Tyson Chandler. When we let Matthews go, go grab TMAC so we have a replacement.


Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2010 10:59 pm

Report: Portland signs Matthews to offer sheet

I'm trying to figure out what Jerry Sloan ever did to Paul Allen or Portland.   Last year, Paul Millsap and this year Wesley Matthews.    However, at this point, I don't feel that the Jazz can let anymore players go.   Match the offer for Matthews and maybe even look into trying to get Ronnie Brewer back who wasn't even offered a deal to stay with the Grizzlies.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2010 9:34 pm

Report: Portland signs Matthews to offer sheet

I don't think starting is enough to make him take a huge paycut as a second year player.  And if the Jazz weren't willing or able to pay for Boozer or Korver, who wants to take a paycut to start for a team that doesn't seem to be putting itself in a good position to win either?  Congrats to Matthews - being undrafted is a blessing now, as being able to re-up now means he will be making more than any other second year player next season.

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2010 9:01 pm

Screw the Trailblazers

Can't you guys find anyone but the Jazz players!  Why have they done this the last two years.  They already have three good 2 guards, this is just them trying to make other teams worse instead of them better.  Let Matthews walk, he'll be wishing he was back with the Jazz when he rides the bench in Portland when he could have been a starter in Utah.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or