Posted by: Michael King on July 11th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
After the losses of Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver, a loss of Wesley Matthews could very likely be detrimental to the team. Even though there is talk of our bringing back Ronnie Brewer, many seem to have forgotten that he too is a restricted free agent, meaning Memphis can simply match any offer we give him. Effectively killing any shot at a decent shooting guard that could come in and be a starter in place of Matthews. Lets also not forget the job he did against Kobe and Carmelo defensively during the playoffs this year. His effort earned himself praise coming from Kobe himself. If someone can defend Kobe well enough to earn his respect and praise, then why on earth would you let him walk if you can resign him? Did Brewer ever earn such respect from anyone he guarded? No. And we all know Ronnie’s shooting away from the basket is terrible. I’m left to believe that at this moment Wesley Matthews is the better all around player between him and Ronnie. Plus Wes can guard the 3 as well as the 2. Something Brewer has a hard time doing. Sure the offer from Portland is front loaded, but after this year of 9.2 million, we’d only be paying Wesley what we originally planned on anyways which is the 5.8 million MLE maximum. We’d have Matthews under contract for another 5 years with 4 of those at a salary of 5.8 mil. He’ll have alot of time to improve and grow during those years in which he will almost definitely earn his 5.8 per year. Plus Brewer is coming back off of an injury, where Matthews was able to play in all 82 games for us..48 of which were starts. Our record after we let Ronnie go was better than it was when he was starting for us. Besides, who left in free agency that plays the 2 is capable of defending as well as Wes can? We need to keep Matthews if we want to become a better team sooner rather than later. Wesley is already a piece to the puzzle, so why worry about replacing him? With him we really only have to worry about getting a good big guy, yet without him we need a good starting 2, plus a big. To me it’s a no-brainer. KEEP MATTHEWS!!
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