Utah Jazz: Wesley Matthews signs offer sheet with Portland
This time Trail Blazers are trying to take a guard away from Jazz
"I don't know what they're going to do," Young said of the Jazz. "He'll be a rich man by the end of July. It's pretty nice for an undrafted rookie."
Despite being overlooked on Draft Day 2009, Matthews earned his way onto the Jazz's roster last fall. He proceeded to work his way into the rotation and eventually became Utah's starting shooting guard.
Matthews proved to be durable, defensive-minded and a dependable outside shooter from the corners. He was one of only two Jazz players to see action in all 82 games, averaged 9.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in the regular season and hit 38.2 percent of his 3-point attempts.
Matthews picked up his play even more in the playoffs, averaging 13.2 points and 4.4 rebounds while playing solid defense in two rounds.
It's possible the Jazz might be able to find similar talent at a cheaper price.
One option Utah was considering, however, is no longer there. Restricted free-agent guard Anthony Morrow signed a three-year, $12 million offer sheet with the New Jersey Nets on Friday night, according to Yahoo! Sports.
The Jazz also reportedly have interest in bringing back former starting shooting guard Ronnie Brewer, who was traded in the middle of last season to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Regarding Korver's departure, O'Connor lauded the NBA's single-season 3-point accuracy record-holder "for his professionalism and the way he handled himself in the community."
Korver didn't appear to be in the Jazz's future plans when they picked up a swingman with the No. 9 overall draft pick last month.
"We knew that probably once we drafted Gordon Hayward it would make it more difficult for everyone," O'Connor said. "We're moving on and so is (Korver)."
Now, of course, they're on the clock to make a similar, albeit more expensive, decision on Matthews.
Point guards: Deron Williams, Ronnie Price
Shooting guards: None
Small forwards: Andrei Kirilenko, C.J. Miles, Gordon Hayward
Power forwards: Paul Millsap
Centers: Mehmet Okur, Kosta Koufos
Non-guaranteed contracts: Sundiata Gaines, Othyus Jeffers, Jeremy Evans
Restricted free agents (qualifying offers): Kyrylo Fesenko, Wesley Matthews*
*Signed offer sheet with Portland; Jazz have right to match
- Cougars set to face Aggie QB Keeton in his...
- Dick Harmon: Aggies will give BYU best shot...
- Utah State denies David Collette's release,...
- BYU holds on for tougher-than-expected 75-68...
- Jazz beat Clippers 102-91 to snap 13-game...
- Utah State students plan a 'beard out' for...
- Fan shows his long-distance, lifelong loyalty...
- Mangum 'humbled' to be BYU's quarterback,...
- BYU expecting a 'dogfight' in Logan... 57
- Utes fall to No. 23 in playoff... 50
- College football: Utes hanging on in... 45
- Morning links: Beehive State coaches on... 41
- Utes lost more than just a game on... 38
- Twitter reacts to Utes' offensive... 35
- BYU holds on for tougher-than-expected... 32
- Doug Robinson: It's the same old sad... 31