Report: Portland Trail Blazers Ink Wesley Matthews, Five-Year, $34m Deal

July 21st, 2010 by Hardcourt Mayhem Leave a reply »
Wesley Matthews had a pretty solid season with the Utah Jazz. It seemed as if he would re-sign with the team, but the swingman will be heading to Portland to play for the Trail Blazers next season. According to the Associated Press, Matthews signed a five-year, $34 million offer with Portland today.

As an undrafted free agent from Marquette in 2009, Matthews will be entering his second year in the league, coming off a season in which he averaged 9.4 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. He played all 82 games last year, starting 48 of them.

The Trail Blazers held a news conference to discuss the signing of Matthews, who seems to have a bright future.

“A lot of people respected what I did because of how hard I played, how hard I went. That wasn’t to get a big contract like this. This big contract helps my family out. I’m all right as long as I can play this game. So people that say I’m overpaid, I might be. We never know. I know one thing, I will be in the gym and I will be working to give myself a chance to be the best I can be,” Matthews said.

The Jazz found a replacement quickly for Matthews ...

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