Post by Kasey on Apr 9, 2015 11:32:29 GMT -8
April 8 - Blazers guard Wesley Matthews has been mentioned as an "under-the-radar" free agent this summer, according to Sekou Smith's Hang Time Blog on NBA.com. The following are some comments by some NBA staffers regarding Matthews.
Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com
"I’ll give you two shooting guards if you want under-the-radar: Wesley Matthews and Danny Green. I don’t think either are relocating. But if they do, or you want splash on the current/future team, there’s your cannonball. Shooters with range, willing to accept a complementary role without chirping about the lack of opportunities — a lot of teams would love the chance to sign Matthews or Green away."
John Schuhmann, NBA.com
"Wesley Matthews isn’t too far under the radar, but isn’t a big name either. He’s more than a 3-and-D guy, because you can post him up."
Sekou Smith, NBA.com
"DeMarre Carroll does not get the shine he deserves as the fifth member of the ensemble cast in Atlanta. But he’s turned heads all season with his play and should cash in this summer. He’d fit anywhere with his versatility and ability to guard multiple positions at an elite level. Same goes for Wes Matthews from Portland, Danny Green in San Antonio and Rodney Stuckey in Indiana."
Lang Whiteaker, NBA.com's All Ball Blog
"I also think there are some comparative bargains out there. Instead of spending $20-million a year on one guy, why not spread that around between a few players? I mean guys like Tobias Harris, Jimmy Butler, Khris Middleton, Aaron Afflalo or Brandan Wright. Or maybe you make a run at Wesley Matthews as he returns from his Achilles injury. Either way, for smart teams, there are some interesting options available this summer."
Matthews is rehabbing right now with a torn Achilles he suffered in early March. He may not be back from injury by the start of next season. Many experts expect that, while he may test the free agent waters, he is most likely to return to the Blazers. He is averaging 15.9 points per game this season and is the franchise's all-time leader in three point makes with 826.
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