Utah Jazz: Wesley Matthews not playing like the rookie he is

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  • Rick
    May 4, 2010 4:18 p.m.

    Wes is one of the best finds for Utah in a long time..Just watching his facial expressions on the court & his reactions to calls, this young man has all the tools to get real good...He seems to be humbled & level headed which is extremely important...Most important, he loves to play defense...MOST NBA players DO NOT WANT to play defense...I haven't seen a young player play defense like this in decades..Wes has broad shoulders & a huge chest (he works out: hint ak47)..Yet he has quick feet to get into the grill of the player with the ball on the wing & not be beat to the hoop...KOC knows he has a star with this young man & Wes will be locked up for the next 5 years...When you get a guy who loves to play "D", you better not let him go & the young man does it well....Wes is a diamond in the ruff who will shine bright as the years go by.....Utah now needs to pick a beast center with the 9th pick & p/u a F.A. that plays with an edge !!!

    May 4, 2010 3:28 p.m.

    I won't be surprised if the Jazz get rid of him after the season... They are well known for throwing away good talent... They need to get rid of the guys like Koufus, Kirilenko, and Jeffries and get somebody in here that can block shots... I would love for them to get a guy like Gasol (a Nobody) until he was a Laker!!

  • H2OSKI
    May 4, 2010 12:13 p.m.


    Get ready for it--the Jazz won't be coming to terms with Matthews in the offseason.

    On restricted free agents (besides franchise players like Deron) the Jazz almost always wait to see what the market will offer them.

    Teams have an advantage with restricted free agents in that not alot of other teams want to commit their money if they believe the home team will match. That shrinks the market.

    The Jazz will likely give him a qualifying offer and wait while Matthews and his agent go fish for offers.

    Why would you potentially pay more than the market would?

    Just business.

    The Jazz have no room to be paying a player a dime more than they have to with the current cap situation. They already made one good decision letting Brewer go and keeping the cheaper Matthews.

    Brewer was an athlete and a good guy but could not throw it in the ocean and that ultimately hurt the team. I am so glad I do not have to watch Kobe stand in the paint and dare Brewer to shoot again like he did in last years playoffs.

    That was just embarrassing.

  • Veracity
    May 4, 2010 10:45 a.m.

    To Samwis...if I saw Jessica Alba in person, it would be a double WOW for me.

    The Jazz better lock this kid up to an extended contract with some good money attached...I don't think you'll ever seen him one row behind the bench in an 'Armontee' suit, waving to fans and not playing...he just too guttty for that.

  • Samwise
    May 4, 2010 9:45 a.m.

    I hope the Jazz keep him after this year, as he is a restricted free agent and will probably have at least a few other teams make a modest effort for him.

    On a different note, does anyone else think the way this article ended was quite odd (mentioning how he saw Jessica Alba and how "that was a wow")?

  • ECR
    May 4, 2010 5:49 a.m.

    What a great find for the Jazz. I hope this off-season both sides will do the right thing - meaning Wesley will stay loyal to the team that gave him a chance and the Jazz front odffice will adequately reward him for the contribution he has made and the contribution he can make in the future.