Posted by: farkusfarko on July 10th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Open letter to the Jazz Organization,
Wesley Matthews has signed an offer sheet from the Portland Trailblazers for just under 7 million a year.
( http://www.sltrib.com/jazz )
The Jazz must match this offer. Matthews is the most promising young talent the team has seen since Deron was drafted. Wes Matthews has shown that he has the makings of a solid NBA player, who will work beautifully in the Jazz system.
I know I speak for more people than just myself when I say that I’m tired of this franchise not really doing anything with regard to free agency. The Jazz have had glaring holes (length, defensive minded players, etc.) for several years and have apparently, as yet, done nothing to address these problems. This is an ongoing frustration both for me, and many other fans I talk to.
What we’re faced with now is even worse. The possibility that the Jazz will not only not do anything to get better, but that we’ll passively sit back while we’re made worse.
I think it likely that Portland made this rather large offer to Matthews (much as they did with Millsap last year), assuming that the Jazz would match and they’d thus hurt the Jazz financially. Whether or not this is Portland’s motive is irrelevant, however; as the Jazz become worse, and probably lottery bound. With Matthews departure heaped on top of the losses of Boozer and Korver (and Memo, likely for a longer period of time than the organization has estimated) the Jazz will be lucky to make the playoffs.
I, as a fan, have had enough. It is time to get aggressive. The Jazz must not only match Matthews’ contract offer from Portland, but start making plans to acquire a tall Center/Power Forward in the very near future. If we have to weight until AK’s oversized contract expires next year, so be it, but this franchise needs to make a commitment to its fans that the organization is “in it to win it,” so to speak.
The Jazz franchise, intentionally or not, puts out an impression to the public that they aren’t doing very much. I’m sure–scratch that–I’m hopeful that this isn’t actually the case, and that we’re constantly trying to get better, and closer to a title; but whether we are or not, there’s still a problem. That problem is results. Kevin O’Connor can say all he wants that they’re working hard behind the scenes to make the team better, but actions and results speak far louder than those words. The Jazz have not made a significant move since adding Kyle Korver (and Giricek practically forced them to do this, anyway). In the meantime we have traded away talent (Brewer and Maynor), drafted players we don’t need and will likely never see (Sutton), and now we’ve lost two stars to free agency (Boozer and Korver–and we didn’t even make Korver an offer). The Jazz were fortunate to stumble on a talent with as much upside as Wesley Matthews without even having to draft him, and now with Boozer and Korver gone, he’s arguably the third or fourth best player on the team, and has the potential to be even better. To let him walk away, at this point, after seeing so little progress in the other areas subject to a GM’s authority would be nearly unforgivable.
I have no idea whether anyone who can influence anything will see this, but I don’t know where else to express my feelings on this matter. So, in a nutshell, Kevin O’Connor: MATCH THIS CONTRACT OFFER.
I’m losing confidence in this organization. Please do what you can to restore it.
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