Wesley Matthews developed into one of the league’s best 3-and-D players with the Portland Trail Blazers, but a devastating Achilles injury last year finished his season and helped lead to the break-up of one of the better teams in the Western Conference.
With Matthews still looking for big money in free agency despite his injury and LaMarcus Aldridge clearly on his way out, the Blazers didn’t even make an offer to Matthews. There were no phone calls or text messages, and Matthews wasn’t happy about it, according to Jason Quick of The Oregonian:
“I was pissed off,” Matthews said. “I felt disrespected.”
It’s certainly understandable to feel that way when you don’t even get a courtesy call of any kind, especially after all Matthews gave to the franchise. On the other hand, it’s also understandable why Portland didn’t make an offer. With the team on the verge of rebuilding, there was little reason to shell out big money to a player coming off an Achilles injury, and any offer probably would’ve been seen as disrespectful anyway.
While Matthews was peeved, he understands why no offer came:
“I was angry,” Matthews said, “but I also realize that this is a business.”
Things turned out quite alright for Matthews, who ended up with a four-year, $70 million max contract after DeAndre Jordan spurned the Dallas Mavericks. Now Matthews can really focus on his rehab from that brutal injury, and the Mavericks are hoping they won’t regret giving him the contract bump after initially agreeing to a four-year, $52 million deal.