We over paid, but it was the only way we were going to get him."I thought they would match,'' Matthews said in a phone interview with FanHouse minutes after he heard from his agent, Lance Young, that the Jazz would sign guard Raja Bell to a three-year, $10 million contract as his replacement and not match the five-year, $33.4 million offer sheet he had signed with the Trail Blazers as a restricted free agent. "After all, they said I was a priority.''
When Young called Matthews and told him he was going to Portland, Matthews said he was "excited'' and said he uttered, "Let's do it.'' But part of him wondered why the Jazz had never made him an initial offer.
"They said that I was a priority, but they never made me an offer,'' said Matthews, who said the Jazz used the strategy of having him bring back an offer sheet. "They never offered me anything. I'm sure that if they would have made an offer, it would have been a fair offer and I might have taken it.''
Now most likely there is a trade in the works.