Posted by: Michael King on July 14th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
After our acquisition of Al Jefferson, the biggest question is whether or not we match Portland’s offer and keep Matthews. There are some, like myself, who think the Jazz must keep Matthews. While others just aren’t sure if he’s worth the money. Yes, the 9.2 million that we’d have to pay upfront sound’s like a daunting number given our current financial state, not to mention for a guy whose only entering into his second year in the pros. However, the Jazz were expecting the full mid-level exception to be offered and would’ve gladly matched if it didn’t include the signing bonus Portland seems to love to add for our players. The question is, is Wesley worth the extra $3.4 million bonus? There’s no question as to whether or not he’s worth the full MLE, but is he worth such a hefty offer? This is where opinions begin to differ. I like so many others, including Jerry Sloan am an absolute fan of Wes, and would say that though he may not be worth that much at this present moment, he definitely will be within the next year or two. Heck, he’ll probably be a bargain by the time we reach the third or fourth year on his contract. The next order of business has got to be resigning Matthews. If we choose to take Brewer, Brown, or Mason and let Wes go, we’ll only be taking a step backwards. Those three guys are only good options as backup guards, not starters. If we keep Wes, then we’ll be set with a good looking roster for next year, and come next summer, it could get even better with AK’s contract off the books. Our best option is to keep Matthews, see what you can get for the remainder of the TE’s we have from Maynor and Harpring(doubtful we’d get anything), resign AK next year for a reasonable contract, and use the remainder of our money to bring in either a 2 or 3, and a big. Draft next year should go for an extra big to help out, or assuming Tomic comes next year and is as good as they say he is, get someone who can play good D at either the 2 or the 3. CJ while he’s good, simply isn’t starter quality. Let Hayward and Evans develop and bulk up. I wouldn’t be against a trade involving CJ, Jeffers, and Gaines to bring in a better SF.
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