The Utah Jazz decided not to match Portland's five-year, $34 million offer for restricted free agent Welsey Matthews and so he has signed with the Trail Blazers. That's a lot of money for a guy who only started half the games last season and averaged 9.4 points and 2.3 rebounds. So...is he overpaid?
"My answer to that is that I'll be in the gym," he said this morning. "I appreciate the money. I appreciate it more for my family. The money is for them, this game is what's for me. I love this game and before I signed, I said this money isn't going to change a thing about me. A lot of people respected what I did because of how hard I played, how hard I went. That wasn't to get a big contract like this. This big contract helps my family out. I'm alright as long as I play this game."
He then admitted that the criticism of his contract might be valid.
"People that say I'm overpaid -- I might be. We never know. I know one thing is that I'll be in the gym and I'll be working to give myself a chance to be the best that I can be."
Still, the Blazers seem excited about what Matthews can bring to the table. They'll know in time if it was worth it. Blazersedge will be all over it.