NBA Free Agent signing: Wes Matthews to the Blazers

Wesley Matthews will wear #2 not #23 with the Trailblazers

Former Marquette guard Wesley Matthews signed a big contact this summer with the Portland Trailblazers in July but I never got a chance to comment on his signing. This signing is interesting because last year he made the Utah Jazz roster by playing really hard in the Summer League and Preseason. He eventually made the team and with injuries to key players got some playing time. He started playing so well that he eventually became the starting shooting guard. 

He averaged 9 pts and 2 reb  in the regular season and 14 pts and 2 reb in the playoffs last year. Now, he will be playing for the young Trailblazers with a 5 year, 34 million dollar contract. For the full story, click here.

…This is a huge deal for the Marquette community and for Wesley Matthews the player. This deal proved to the NBA and to scouts that Marquette players are tough players who can play tremendous defense  with a lot of emotion and intensity. It also said to GM’s and owners that you can grab a player who can be an instant spark without drafting them in the NBA Draft. That is important. Then in this years draft, Senior forward, Lazar Hayward is drafted in the first round because of the production that Wes had put up last year. It was great to see because the only three Marquette players since Wes and Lazar to be in the NBA was Dwayne Wade, Steve Novak, and Travis Diener. Wade became a star and the others became bench players. But for Wes, this contract allows him to settle down and give some money to his family and get himself settled in a house and a community for the rest of his life. This deal allows him to financially to be more successful in life compared to the 485,000 league minimum he made last year. I am happy he was able to receive this deal. Finally, for next year’s season he might be playing right next to Brandon Roy and possibly become a full-time starter depending on where the team wants to go. Either or, keep an eye out for this young stud. He may become a big name sooner rather than later…

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