Utah Jazz aren't the only team interested in Wesley Matthews

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  • Bohonker
    July 2, 2010 7:18 p.m.

    Re: Portland Trail Blazers
    The Blazers have Roy, Aldridge and a fragile center named Oden....beyond that they don't have much to look forward to. It's going to be a long season in Portland....

  • Portland Trail Blazers
    July 2, 2010 9:26 a.m.

    Actually Portland could use him. POR is using Rudy Fernandez as trade food, so if they can land Matthews, he will become a solid backup to Brandon Roy! Go Blazers!

  • Doug10
    July 2, 2010 9:03 a.m.

    Why would the Jazz bring Brewer back? Is it that you feel sorry for Kobe and you don't want him to have to guard anyone outside the key?

    I am betting there is more significant interest in teams other than Portland in Matthews. There are teams desperate for someone to fill that spot whereas Portland is not needy in that position.

  • oldschool
    July 2, 2010 12:48 a.m.

    Matthews is not a player who is easy to replace. He plays very tough defense and even did a good job on Kobe. I doubt there are 30 players in the league who play defense as well as Matthews does on small forwards and big guards. His offense is gravy. Matthews is a quintessential Jazz/Sloan player. The Jazz will not give him up unless they can replace him with somebody who can hustle and give good D. A lot of NBA players are overrated by writers and fans because they shoot a lot and, therefore, make a lot of points. The Jazz don't need players like that.

  • Jesse
    July 1, 2010 11:53 p.m.

    Unless it's unreasonable, the Jazz will resign Matthews. Like many have said, mid-level is the max he can make, so i'm confident that he'll be back. He's an important player because his defense, toughness and attitude rubs off on the other players. I don't know that he is a mid-level player at this point in his career but it would be far from a bad contract compared to Gay for 80+ million or Johnson for 120. Bringing him back would be a good move, but we still need another wing player. My preference is someone who can play d, handle the ball well, shoot well and most importantly score some points. I don't know if such a player exists for the money the Jazz can pay. I've heard rumors of a possible sign and trade deal involving Booz and Orlando. If we could walk away from such a deal with Gortat and Reddick, I say jump on it. Gortat would add a tough interior presence while Reddick will replace Korvers shooting, while being a better overall player as well.

    I doubt something like this happens though.

  • Banky
    July 1, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    Magic , Pls quickly sign boozer. I hope you do it. You will be my second favorite team if you sign Boozer.

  • Portland Trail Blazers
    July 1, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    So what ever happened to Maynor and Brewer, they left not cuz of money? hehe wow, POR hurt utah financially, end of story. Matthews will back up Roy and Rudy will back up Batum. So matthews will get playing time in POR.

  • areyouinthere
    July 1, 2010 10:35 p.m.

    Portland's fans would appreciate Matthews more than Utah fans...hehehe.

    Portland put Utah in a serious financial situation? Actually, that front loaded deal is really helping us out this year. We're only on the hook for about 6 mil for PM this year. Thanks, try again.

  • Utah Jazz fan Chris
    July 1, 2010 10:15 p.m.

    It would be a surprise if Oden plays about 40 game. He's plagued with injuries, especially with the knee. Those injuries are very hard to recover from.

  • Jazz-Nation
    July 1, 2010 10:06 p.m.

    Ronnie Brewers contract did not get picked up by Memphis. If we lose Korver I think we can get Ronnie B back for like 2 or 3 Million per year easy. Plus we still have Memphis first round pick too. Thanks to collective bargaining agreement the max money that Wes Mathews can make is 5.5 Million or mid level, No question the Jazz will match for sure. GO JAZZ!

  • Jazz-Nation
    July 1, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    The Max Wes can get is Mid Level at 5.5 mill per year thanks to collective bargaining agreement. The Jazz will match any offer, or they should match because Wes is a young D wade in the making! I hate Portland!

  • Portland Trail Blazers
    July 1, 2010 8:38 p.m.

    Jail Blazers?

    Um... i think that saying died out about, um, 10 years ago?

  • Richie
    July 1, 2010 8:26 p.m.

    Back end load a good contract for Matthews and forget Portland. Matthews doesn't want to sit on the bech while Brandon Roy is the star.

  • T-spoon
    July 1, 2010 8:23 p.m.

    @ Portland Trail Blazers

    Thanks for the laugh! You really need to get a life. A Blazer fan that stalks the Jazz articles all day long? LOL!

    "If it want for POR, Utah wouldnt have such serious financial situations"

    You may want to learn proper grammar too. You really think the Millsap contract put us in "serious financial situations"? We were going to sign him for 8 million a year despite what Portland did. LOL! His contract sure isn't a problem.

    You're quite delirious if you think Portland even has a chance at Chris Paul. Why would the Hornets take a bunch of nobodies to give away their best player?

    Have fun obsessing over the Jazz day-after-day! See you later!

  • md
    July 1, 2010 8:23 p.m.

    re: Portland Trail Blazers

    You seem delusional. Babbitt? Bayless? Oden? Yeah, what a special second unit. The Jazz will still own them. Roy, yes. Miller, yes. The rest of your team, yuck. BTW, why do you waste our time as Jazz fans with your Blazer yacking. We really don't care.

  • The Great Houdini
    July 1, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    I would`nt doubt it one bit if 3 teams called about Matthews ,I bet before this is all done there will be a bunch more interested in him.He`s a real ballplayer,hope we keep him,but some moron team like the jailblazers might overpay

  • dhsalum
    July 1, 2010 6:53 p.m.

    Please keep Matthews. I really think this team is headed in the right direction with some really good young talent.Re sign AK next for about 6-8 mil/yr. And hopefully Gortat from the Boozer deal and I think Hayward will really turn into a great pick. Not like Wall Cousins Monroe or Henry from this draft but still a really good pick. As long as D-Will stays and continues to improve like he has been, the Jazz will continue to be a playoff team. I really have no idea how they can get up to a championship level but I gave up on that a long time ago...

  • jazzbball
    July 1, 2010 6:51 p.m.

    Oh my goodness....Tony Allen???? He's a horrible, HORRIBLE shooter!!!
    Stupid Portland. Their goal is to stick it to the Jazz, plain and simple, just like with Millsap.
    Hope we can keep him and maybe get Morrow or Watson from GS to replace Korver.

  • Old Timer
    July 1, 2010 6:46 p.m.

    @Portland Trail Beezer. You talk about Oden, just what has he done for your team and what will the future hold? Probaly not much! Just like the year you passed on MJ, what did you get that year besides a chronic injury plagued piece of junk. I guarantee if you play the same game as last year and want to over pay Mathews you "JUST" might get your wish and get him. We will be fine without an overpaid player, because unlike PORTLAND we will find another "diamond in the rough to replace Mathews, it's just the Jazz MO to do this year after year. What finds has your loser management found?

  • BBSmith
    July 1, 2010 6:44 p.m.

    @ Portland Trail Blazers

    Didn't the Blazers get swept by the Jazz?

    Nuff' Said!!!

  • Bugoff
    July 1, 2010 5:14 p.m.

    @Ben Thanks for the correction. You are right. I got the wrong stat line.

  • Portland Trail Blazers
    July 1, 2010 4:04 p.m.

    Portland's system is best for Wesley. And the fans in Portland would appreciated him more in Portland than they do down in SLC.

    Actually Portland's system with McMillan, along with Miller, Roy would be better for him. Wesley could become a true 6th man and not have to have a team, like Utah will, that will expect him to be a starter and put points up.

    With Portland he can come off the bench and be part of a 2nd unit with Oden, Bayless,Babbitt that would be very strong.

  • Portland Trail Blazers
    July 1, 2010 3:42 p.m.

    POR can use Matthews if POR loses Rudy , Przy, Miller, bayless to get CP3.

    If it want for POR, Utah wouldnt have such serious financial situations, Maynor would still be in Utah same as Brewer. Oh good ol' Portland, owns Utah's lazy GM.

    THere are currently 2 guys acting as GM in portland as of now.

    If i were a Jazz fans I would want POR's old GM Prichard, to replace lazy KOC.

  • Big_Ben
    July 1, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    @ Bugoff

    Are you saying Tony Allen shoots threes? Tony Allen is a terrible shooter and would be essentially a smaller, more injury-prone Ronnie Brewer in our system.

  • An Asian Perspective
    July 1, 2010 3:30 p.m.

    Please let go of Boozer. That's the top priority.

    Bring back Ronnie Brewer if possible. Now that Memphis is not holding him back, he may come much cheaper than it would have cost should the Jazz extended his contract last year. He may even come cheaper than Wes right now.

    As long as Jazz starts Memo at center who cannot score around the rim but a good long range shooter, Ronnie's ability to move so well off the ball and score in the paint fits very well to the current system. Also, he was the best perimeter defender when he was traded (after which Wes stepped up). He's been very durable until when he was traded (immediately after which he injured).

    That being said, I hope Jazz can retain Wes. He's in the best system he can ask for to play up to his potential.

  • H2OSKI
    July 1, 2010 3:07 p.m.

    re: Portland Trail Blazers

    "We'll see if Utah gets owned again by POR..."

    Uh, in case you did not get the memo Portland did not get Millsap. All they did was essentially wasted their time and effort. The price the Jazz paid for Millsap, over the life of the contract, was about market value.

    I am not sure how Portland losing/not getting a guy they wanted means the Jazz got owned.

    I just read Portland lost out on another deal trying to get CP3 last week. THAT IS NOW FAILED/DEAD!

    One strike, two strikes,......

    Portland already had tweeners more athletic than Matthews anyways. He is a nice player but a player his size and skill set is replaceable...lets not forget he was not even drafted. He flourishes in large part because of the system he is in here in Utah. History has proven that.

  • Bugoff
    July 1, 2010 2:52 p.m.

    Tony Allen can replace Mathews if he gets unreasonable. He does a better job of guarding Kobe. He shoots 3s.

    I hope Wes stays.

    POR does not have enough cap space to get CP. It would have to be a trade and CP would have to demand it to POR. If they did get CP they would only have the MLE to work with.

    If I were Wes I would be more worried about signing with POR and then getting traded to some junk team for a player POR actually needed.

    SG is a minor position for the Jazz. In spite of their continuity bias they can and will trade unreasonable players at SG. Look at Brewer now.

    POR does not even have a GM. Who is doing the deal making? It sounds like smoke and maybe a little poker in hopes of harassing the Jazz into overpaying.

  • Portland Trail Blazers
    July 1, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    bring him to Portland!!!

  • Jazz Source
    July 1, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    These agents and their propaganda. I understand though, it is their job to literally create a market for their player so that they get the most money.

    The reality is what did the Blazers get from wasting their time on Millsap? Nothing.

    The Jazz have already said they want Matthews back and plan to match any reasonable offer.

    Let a team waste their time with their money tied up while the Jazz wait until the last possible minute to let them know they wasted their time again.

    Of course teams are interested but "interested" is alot different than actually making an offer. Basically it is teams covering their bases as contingencies. Does anyone really believe 3 teams besides the Jazz are going to make Matthews offers?

    He is a nice player but lets be realistic. Millsap got one offer and that team wasted their time. If other teams want to waste their time I guess they are entitled.

    The Jazz will only match if its a reasonable salary as tweeners are a dime a dozen. Never overpay for a role player.

    Ask New Orleans--they overpayed for Mo Pete--many here whined we should have. Jazz right you were wrong.

  • Big_Ben
    July 1, 2010 2:13 p.m.

    1280 reporting that Kyle Korver has not been contacted by the Jazz in any way. Hes gone.

  • MJB
    July 1, 2010 2:12 p.m.

    I think the top priority for the Jazz would be to sign Matthews to a long contract. We were able to see how well he fits in with the team and the passion and love of the game he has. He's not afraid to hustle and play defense. He was one of the bright spots on the team last year.

  • Portland Trail Blazers
    July 1, 2010 2:11 p.m.

    Okay... Maybe this will work..
    We'll see if Utah gets owned again by POR...

    Portland is trying to get Chris Paul and they say Rudy Fernandez is one of the pieces that would have to work out to trade, so maybe having Wesley Matthews backing up B-Roy would work, it would make sense, but other wise, Matthews will just be riding the bench if he comes to POR and Rudy stays. POR needs a strong Back up to LA, the Oden Camby situation looks good know.

    Imagine... Chris Paul, Roy, LA, Camny, Batum, Oden, Matthews all on the same team... sweet!