"No autopsy, no foul." - Stewart Granger, former Villanova and Cavaliers guard.

 
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2  -  Wesley Matthews - SG, 6'5, 220
Portland Trail Blazers - Signed as a free agent in July 2010
       Date of birth: 10/14/1986
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2009
     Out of: Marquette
  NBA Experience: 5 years
  Hand: Right

When: Where:
2005 - 2009 Marquette (NCAA)
July 2009 Sacramento Kings (Summer League)
July 2009 Utah Jazz (Summer League)
September 2009 - June 2010 Utah Jazz (NBA)
July 2010 - present Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)


Date
League
Transaction
21st September, 2009 NBA Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Utah.
10th July, 2010 NBA Signed a five year, $32,526,600 offer sheet with Portland.
17th July, 2010 NBA Utah declines to match Portland's offer sheet.


From blog:


   Creative Financing in the NBA, 2010
2010-08-12

This year, a GM-less Blazers did it again. They signed another Utah restricted free agent (this time, Wesley Matthews) to a frontloaded offer sheet they were hoping the tax threatened Jazz wouldn't match. And this time, it worked.

Matthews's new contract calls for the following cap numbers:

2010-11: $5,765,000
2011-12: $6,135,160
2012-13: $6,505,320
2013-14: $6,875,480
2014-15: $7,245,640


Keen mathematicians and idiot savants the world over will notice that even though that contract starts at the value of the full MLE, it is not worth the full value of the full MLE throughout the life of the contract. The full five year MLE, as evidenced in the contract of Al Harrington, is worth $33,437,000: Matthews's totals only $32,526,600, $910,400 less.

But regardless of that, Matthews has full maximum increases in his contract. His deal contains a $5,690,000 signing bonus, which is a mere $2,155 below the maximum allowable 17.5% signing bonus. Matthews's contract is 100% guaranteed in every season with no option years; as such, the signing bonus is added to the cap by the symmetrical amount of 20% each season ($1,138,000). With that amount now paid up front, Matthews will now actually get the following annual salaries:

2010-11: $4,627,000
2011-12: $4,997,160
2012-13: $6,505,320
2013-14: $6,875,480
2014-15: $7,245,640
Notice that the 2011-12 salary is 108% of the 2010-11 salary, and thus Matthews is the getting salary possible after his signing bonus is accounted for. The first set of numbers, however, are how he will appear on the cap for whichever team owns him. Portland did pretty much the exact same thing to Utah this offseason that they did last year, and this time, it worked.

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   2010 Free Agency, Preliminary Round
2010-07-01

The following players were eligible for a qualifying offer, and got one:

- Utah = Kyrylo Fesenko and Wesley Matthews

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   Wesley Matthews's impending free agency
2010-05-20

[...] However, last offseason, several rookies did sign only one year deals. You will note that drafted rookies usually did not; the only ones who did were Goran Suton (who was not expected to make the team, and didn't), Jack McClinton (same, twice), Jon Brockman (whose deal was fully guaranteed, unusually) and Patrick Mills (who signed his tender offer of a one year unguaranteed minimum salary long after training camp, which gives us the distinct if unsubstantiated belief that the Blazers weren't expecting him to do it; for more behind the protocol of contract tenders to draft picks, click this). The rest, however, were undrafted. West, Tolliver, Martin, Jackson, Shakur and Hunter were midseason pickups, and while the overwhelming majority of rookie training camp pickups signed only one year deals, only three of them made their respective teams; Trey Gilder (quickly waived by Memphis), Marcus Landry (who almost made it the full year before being waived by Boston last month) and the eponymous Wesley Matthews.

The reason Matthews is still here, the reason he made it beyond any guarantee dates and into the fire of his impending restricted free agency, is because he's quite good. Matthews has been in the rotation for the Jazz ever since preseason, and was flopping his way into charging fouls up to and including the Jazz playoff run, which ended last week with defeat to the L.A. Lakers. Due to his usage and ability, Matthews is expected to command some money above the minimum salary this summer. The question is how much he can get.

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   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 28
2010-03-15

[...] But the larger, general point remains. You see it a lot, when D-League players come in and contribute at least 85% of what the multi-year veteran they're replacing can give, to a watching audience shocked by their competence. This happens every year, and this year has been no different, with players such as Sundiata Gaines, Reggie Williams, Anthony Tolliver, Chris Hunter and others readily contributing to NBA teams. Utah themselves kind of did this when they brought in Wesley Matthews in the offseason, a man so beautifully average that he made Ronnie Brewer expendable. About 40 or so NBA rotation players are entirely replaceable by players outside of the NBA, who would be deemed to have NBA talent had they had the opportunity/fortune of those in front of them. This is particularly the case with wing players, but also applies to all positions, and it's not just something that's been the case since the D-League existed. For example, for all these years Calvin Booth has been bringing in paychecks and signing multi-year contracts, how much worse than him has Zendon Hamilton been? Pretty much no worse at all, really. But Booth had opportunity and fortune, and Hamilton did not. So Hamilton grafted for whatever money and employment he could get, while Booth got much more money than his play merited and a prolonged career based off one timely summer. It's somewhat unfair, but it's just how it is. (And despite how it may appear, that's not meant pejoratively towards Booth. Take what you can get, Calvin, and God bless you for that.)

The NBA prefers familiarity, and familiarity breeds the opposite of contempt. Some players get more than they deserve, while their comparable peers run up the air miles just trying to find the right situation. There is nothing especially wrong or flawed about this circumstance, and it sure as hell applies to all works of life in some way. Yet it perhaps should be less of a surprise when a D-Leaguer or undrafted free agent is brought in and is able to be a consistent distributor in an NBA rotation. It's normal, it's sensible, and it's worth considering when you start giving average players MLE money. Any team that does its homework can find minimum salary talent. Utah are one such team - they've since done it again with Othyus Jeffers - and it's a shame they didn't have one more left in the gun.

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