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R_O_W_E
07-10-2010, 05:00 PM
Im going off of Twitter.




Wesley Mathews' agent, Lance Young, says Blazers are finalizing offer sheet, expected to be completed today.



Word is Matthews offer from Portland is going to be five years and $25 million. That's unconfirmed but what the Jazz are bracing for.

http://twitter.com/tribjazz

Thats a lot of money for an undrafted rookie who only has 1 season to show for. I guess Portland's management is back to their old tricks without KP in charge.

zambo4president
07-10-2010, 05:04 PM
Ouch, that's turrrible

Hellcrooner
07-10-2010, 05:06 PM
trade Rudy


NOW

R_O_W_E
07-10-2010, 05:10 PM
Jazz have been raped this offseason.

This will be the 3rd player they've lost.

b_russ
07-10-2010, 05:20 PM
He's a RFA. The Jazz will match just like they did last year with Millsap. Portland has it out for Utah, no real reason to try and sign Matthews when they're already loaded with young talent at the guard positions other than to be a bunch of pricks.

Bucsfan
07-10-2010, 05:21 PM
wes matthews isnt lost...the jazz can and will match this offer

Bucsfan
07-10-2010, 05:23 PM
and yes b russ they are pricks...im unsure why they keep trying to pull this garbage..cheap tactics for a crappy fo

R_O_W_E
07-10-2010, 05:24 PM
and yes b russ they are pricks...im unsure why they keep trying to pull this garbage..cheap tactics for a crappy fo

They want to keep tying your money into your own players.

OKC tried too with CJ Miles.

kozelkid
07-10-2010, 05:26 PM
He was pretty damn good last season.
But this is certainly something Portland has done to Utah a lot. God I can't imagine how much Utah must hate Portland.

SA5195
07-10-2010, 06:50 PM
Wesley Matthews has signed a 5-year, $34 million offer sheet with Portland, his agent, Lance Young, tells Y!

http://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA

Nets fan 93
07-10-2010, 06:51 PM
Big contract... Will Jazz match? They better

jiggin
07-10-2010, 06:53 PM
sure its dirty pool but its brilliant. why would you NOT do this if you are Portland? he will, at worst, ride the bench in Portland if Utah don't match it. Be a stupid move if their management didn't take this approach with a division rival.

SA5195
07-10-2010, 06:55 PM
It looks like 25mill


The Portland Trail Blazers are reportedly finalizing a contract offer to Utah Jazz guard Wesley Matthews.

Lance Young, Matthews' agent, confirmed Saturday afternoon that Portland will soon make an official offer to the restricted free agent.


"Yes, they are," Young said.

Chad Buchanan, Blazers director of college scouting, said Portland has not yet finalized anything with anyone.

"But we are making progress, and an offer is being discussed with a free agent," Buchanan said.

If the Blazers do make an offer to Matthews, Utah will have seven days to match the deal.

It was reported that Portland's offer will likely be $25 million for five years. If so, the deal would take up the majority of the Blazers' mid-level exception, which is valued at $5.7 million.

Last summer, Portland offered Utah forward Paul Millsap a "toxic" four-year deal worth $32 million. However, the Jazz matched the offer.

The Blazers are not expected to make a similar stringent offer to Matthews. Still, a league source said Portland will likely front load an offer sheet and submit it Saturday afternoon, in the hope that Utah is forced to let Matthews go.

"They're going to do everything they can to get him," the source said.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Matthews is a second-year guard from Marquette. He averaged 9.4 points while shooting 48.3 percent from the field during his rookie season with the Jazz.

Matthews started 48 regular-season games while playing in all 82 under Utah coach Jerry Sloan, who is notoriously hard on rookies. Matthews then excelled in the playoffs, starting all 10 of Utah's playoff games while averaging 13.2 points and 4.4 rebounds.

The Blazers made initial contact with Matthews July 1, shortly after the window opened for teams to speak with free agents.

Matthews then traveled to Portland on Thursday to meet with the Blazers, which was first reported by The Columbian.

Following the meeting, Buchanan said the discussion "went well" and that Portland was considering its options.


http://www.columbian.com/news/2010/jul/10/blazers-finalizing-offer-matthews-agent-says/

BradyIsTheMan12
07-10-2010, 06:56 PM
It's not a dirty move at all. It's just a win-win for the Blazers, which means they are just a smart team. If the Jazz don't offer we get a young guy with some upside, if the Jazz match then that hurts their cap flexibility. My guess is the Jazz will match by the way.

SA5195
07-10-2010, 06:57 PM
Oh my bad, there's already a thread on it.

drobe86
07-10-2010, 06:58 PM
Who is Wesley Mathews? And who cares? The heat just got LBJ, Wade, and Chris Bosh. This isn't news worthy......

td0tsfinest
07-10-2010, 06:59 PM
would be a great pick up for the Blazers. Wes Mathews had a very good and underrated rookie campaign.

BradyIsTheMan12
07-10-2010, 07:00 PM
Who is Wesley Mathews? And who cares? The heat just got LBJ, Wade, and Chris Bosh. This isn't news worthy......

Wow, man. Mathews is not a top tier free agent by any means but he is a solid young player. NBA free agency amounts to more than just the Miami Heat, at least to some it does.

Red222
07-10-2010, 07:00 PM
WojYahooNBA


Wesley Matthews has signed a 5-year, $34 million offer sheet with Portland, his agent, Lance Young, tells Y!
http://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA

Big Quett
07-10-2010, 07:01 PM
Why does Portland need all this swingmen?

SA5195
07-10-2010, 07:03 PM
Yahoo says it's 34mill


From an undrafted rookie to an occasional starter with the Utah Jazz, guard Wesley Matthews’(notes) remarkable first season made another dramatic turn: He’s signed a five-year, $34 million offer sheet with the Portland Trail Blazers, a league executive with knowledge of the deal told Yahoo! Sports.


The Blazers offered their full midlevel exception in a frontloaded contract that includes a $9.2 million payday in the first year in hopes it would be too expensive for the Jazz to match and keep Matthews, the source said. The Blazers had considered making an offer to Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar(notes), sources said, but turned to Matthews after a meeting with him on Friday.

Matthews signed the offer sheet Saturday in Las Vegas. The Jazz will have seven days to match.


The Jazz are fond of Matthews, whom they signed as an undrafted free agent out of Marquette. He played 82 games last season, averaging 9.4 points. His ability to defend on the perimeter is an important reason why the Blazers have been so resolved to sign him.

The Blazers signed Jazz forward Paul Millsap(notes) to a four-year, $32 million offer sheet last summer, but Utah matched and kept him.



http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ys-matthewsblazers071010

BkOriginalOne
07-10-2010, 07:08 PM
Outlaw is gone so they need the depth...
But that might be too much for wesley

xxseven72ducexx
07-10-2010, 07:12 PM
Portland is smart, they probably know that the Jazz are going to match their offer so they give him this ridiculous contract so the Jazz use their cap space money...yes it seems prickish to Jazz fans but it's a smart move and if they don't match then they get a pretty good player and even if he was an undrafted rookie last year he showed a lot or promise and talent and is very young so if he does end up coming to Portland they have a lot of time to groom him and let him grow during this 5 year contract hoping he deserves the money theyre about to give him

jiggin
07-10-2010, 07:13 PM
Who is Wesley Mathews? And who cares? The heat just got LBJ, Wade, and Chris Bosh. This isn't news worthy......

there are other teams besides the heat and other players besides those 3.

uhhhgg...NBA "fans" like this annoy me. :facepalm:

ValuePick
07-10-2010, 07:25 PM
yeah Wes, gettin' paid.

BradyIsTheMan12
07-10-2010, 07:31 PM
Portland is smart, they probably know that the Jazz are going to match their offer so they give him this ridiculous contract so the Jazz use their cap space money...yes it seems prickish to Jazz fans but it's a smart move and if they don't match then they get a pretty good player and even if he was an undrafted rookie last year he showed a lot or promise and talent and is very young so if he does end up coming to Portland they have a lot of time to groom him and let him grow during this 5 year contract hoping he deserves the money theyre about to give him

Good post, exactly why we made the offer.

Red222
07-10-2010, 07:58 PM
note for salary cap pedants: If $9.2M upfront payment to Matthews is correct, total for deal is only $32.7M, not $34M.
http://twitter.com/johnhollinger:eyebrow:

Tblaze
07-10-2010, 08:06 PM
I like alot!

jimbobjarree
07-10-2010, 08:50 PM
solely our GMs fault. We should match, and he should get fired.

A.Mopp
07-10-2010, 08:55 PM
If the Jazz dont match. Rudy is gonna be trade

dodie53
07-10-2010, 09:08 PM
imo,
jazz will match

reffahead
07-11-2010, 03:51 AM
Man when has business ever been fair. As for matthews man I love his game. Portland would be getting him at prime time years. He is above average to decent in every aspect of his game just not great at anything nor terrible.

ldc62
07-11-2010, 04:07 AM
Kind of overpaid.

-Kobe24-TJ19-
07-11-2010, 04:14 AM
wow more than Mike miller:speechless:

I know the kid is really good and he even guarded Kobe with some success

but c'mon 1 year experience and he's an undrafted rookie

Have to say it! - OVERPAID

The Raven
07-11-2010, 05:57 AM
If Utah doesnt match, wow then they basically got raped this off season left and right. Not sure though if u give a 1 yr player some 25 million. Although good for Wesley Mathews for gettin that kind of dough after going undrafted

Trouble87
07-11-2010, 06:31 AM
great deal for a quality young player but they have no need for Rudy at this point

heathonater
07-11-2010, 06:46 AM
pretty sure portland is just trying to force utah into paying matthews more money than they wanted to. even though frowned upon, it is smart for portland to force utah to pay their players more money than they want to.

magichatnumber9
07-11-2010, 06:47 AM
They want to keep tying your money into your own players.

OKC tried too with CJ Miles.This dude's been banned again

magichatnumber9
07-11-2010, 06:48 AM
Rudy needs to come to Boston.

b_russ
07-11-2010, 09:14 AM
pretty sure portland is just trying to force utah into paying matthews more money than they wanted to. even though frowned upon, it is smart for portland to force utah to pay their players more money than they want to.

Maybe Portland should work on improving their team first instead of trying to screw others over. :shrug: