Wesley Matthews Will Be Paid Well This Summer

Busta BucketCorrespondent IJuly 11, 2010

No doubt you've heard: Wesley Matthews has signed an offer sheet from Portland.

The Jazz have seven days to match and retain Matthews' services.

The always active Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the deal to be for five years and around $33 million . Utah's personnel have heard five years and $25 million. The contract is reportedly front loaded, with Matthews getting $9.2 million in the first year.

The spirit of this contract is reminiscent of Portland's toxic offer—some emo band in Portland has probably coined that name, "The Toxic Offer"—to Jazz forward Paul Millsap in the summer of 2009.

That contract reportedly totaled $32 million and was for four years, but was structured so that $6.3 million of that was due the day the contract becomes effective . Utah matched that offer.

This summer, just like last summer, Jazz fans can only wait and hope that their franchise can figure out a way to keep one of their favorite players from going to the Trailblazers. They aren't exactly happy or optimistic .

Matthews, who went undrafted, had an impressive rookie season with the Jazz. He brings solid defense, the versatility to play at shooting guard or small forward, and a decent three-point shot.

Matthews also offers some intangible benefits like a willingness to do the little things that don't show up on a stat sheet. Not to mention he has a smart, tough court presence.

I'm a fan.

If you're wondering why every single NBA team passed on Matthews in the draft, think about how teams evaluate potential players.

While he was good at a lot of things, he didn't seem excellent at any of them. The intangibles he brings are, um, not tangible, and difficult to project to the NBA level.

His athleticism is average by NBA standards. The fact that he was 22 years old at the time only lowered his ceiling further.

Teams like guys that have at least one definable thing that really stands out in a prospect. Sometimes that mindset misses guys like Matthews that can really help a team win.

Portland is offering a lot of money and years to Matthews.

Compared to the market this summer, where Amir Johnson gets $34 million over five years , the Matthews offer can seem at least comparatively reasonable.

This summer of spending leads to a lot of conversations.

I don't think that owners have gone crazy. I'm starting to believe the murmurs that the owners are confident that they will gain more control when the current CBA expires at the end of next season.

It will be interesting to see that play out.

Photo , deliberately chosen to make you fall in love with Wesley Matthews: Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images.



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