How Does Wesley Matthews Fit with the Blazers?

Wesley Matthews Blazers

With the Utah Jazz signing veteran shooting guard Raja Bell to a three-year deal on Wednesday, it appears as if Wesley Matthews’ short tenure in Salt Lake City has come to an end.  The former Marquette standout signed a 5-year, $33.4 million offer sheet with Portland this past weekend and according to multiple reports, the Jazz will not match the contract making Matthews the newest member of the Blazers.  While I am thrilled that the Madison native earned a big-time payday, I am not sure how he is going to fit with his new team.

By: David Kay
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Patience Key for Blazers This Off-Season

Brandon Roy Blazers

Patience has paid off for the Blazers’ franchise.  Their re-building youth movement is now seeing results as Portland is a true threat in the Western Conference.  But what can they do this off-season to try and become one of the elite teams in the league?

By: Peter Christian and David Kay
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NBA Power Rankings: #7 Portland Trail Blazers

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By: David Kay

2008-09 Season Summary:

The Trailblazers made their expected jump into the elite of the Western Conference but they didn’t take the planned route to get there. After drafting Greg Oden two years ago and then losing him for the year and still improving by 9 games, the addition of two elite rookies to their already young team was enticing. However, Oden was nowhere near the impact player he was expected to be and Jerryd Bayless was less than influential. Rudy Fernandez was the impact rookie to go along with Brandon Roy’s leap into one of the league’s best players and LaMarcus Aldridge’s continued progress that led the Blazers to a 13 game improvement and a return trip to the play-offs for the first time since 2003.

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