How Does Wesley Matthews Fit with the Blazers?

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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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NBA Free Agency: Day One

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To my disappointment, nobody was camped outside my door and my phone remained silent when the clock struck 11:01 CST last night and the NBA free agency period officially got underway.  I even bought a nice little cheese and cracker plate to serve…  For the next couple of weeks, I will give daily updates on what has happened on the free agent landscape.  Some of it will be serious information, but most of it will be incredibly sarcastic and satirical.  In the first edition, I explain why I have to stop wearing flip-flops… (GASP!)

By: David Kay
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Marquette’s Wesley Matthews Establishes Himself in the League

By: David Kay and Paul M. Banks

For every college basketball player hoping to continue their career at the next level, hearing their name called at the NBA Draft is a dream come true.  On June 25, 2009, sixty names were read at the podium in Madison Square Garden, but Wesley Matthews’ was not one of them.  Some things in life are a blessing in disguise and for the former Marquette star, this was certainly the case.
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NBA Rookie of the Year Race 12-18

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By: David Kay

Welcome to a weekly feature here at the The Sports Bank where we break down the top rookies in the NBA and who has the edge to win the Rookie of the Year Award.  With the top overall pick Blake Griffin still sidelined, a pair of rookie point guards are battling it out for the top spot.  Check out the updated Rookie of the Year Race.
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NBA Power Rankings: #10 Utah Jazz

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By: David Kay and Paul M. Banks

2008-09 Season Summary:
In financial terms a “correction” is defined as a sharp, relatively short decline that temporarily interrupts a persistent upward trend in the market. The Utah Jazz experienced a “correction” in 2009. After back-to-back Northwest Division titles, the Jazz had a much tougher season with siginifcant contributors like Deron Williams, Andrei “AK-47” Kirilenko, Mehmet Okur and Carlos Boozer missing large amounts of time due to injuries. Despite a locker room resembling an infirmary, they finished the season with a 48-34 record and 8th seed in the playoffs.

They were eliminated in five games by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1st round. Other than Williams’ clinching fadeaway jumpshot in the final moments of game 3, the lopsided series provided very little excitement for Utah fans. After the breakthrough Western Conference Finals appearance in 2007, the Jazz were eliminated by the Lakers in the second round of ’08 and then a round sooner this past season.

The Jazz play in the league’s smallest market, but a 2008 Forbes.com study ranked the team No. 16 in NBA team value at $342 million. A new ownership regime will seek to maintain this efficiency. On February 20th, Jazz owner Larry H. Miller died of complications from diabetes. During his final months as team owner, his family, led by son Greg Miller, ran the day-to-day business operations. The younger Miller inherited a team with a roster in transition.

Check out the entire Jazz season preview and other NBA Previews.  Don’t forget to take a look at Andy Weise’s Western Conference Preview.

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