Pelton: Acquiring McCollum, Crabbe Doesn't Mean Matthews Will Be Traded
Plenty going on in the NBA right now, almost none of it which NBA employees are allowed to discuss until the July moratorium ends at the stroke of midnight on July 10. At least we got to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday without fear of news breaking.
But we are currently allowed to talk about the rookies we drafted (or traded for during the draft) and players who are currently under contract, which is why I can pass along this item from Kevin Pelton over at ESPN.com
regarding the likelihood of Wesley Matthews being traded after the Trail Blazers acquired guards CJ McCollum and Allen Crabbe during the 2013 Draft.
You think there is a chance portland would try and trade Wes Matthews after drafting Mccollum and Crabbe to the same position. What do you think they got get in return?
Kevin Pelton (2:11 PM)
I don't think it's likely. For one, we're not even sure McCollum is better at shooting guard yet.
Matthews has started 191 games for the Trail Blazers over the last three seasons, so I agree with Pelton that there's no reason to believe either McCollum or Crabbe are going to come in and immediately supplant Matthews in the lineup, let alone assume the Trail Blazers would trade Matthews solely to make way for younger players.
While I think it's perfectly acceptable to be excited about what both McCollum and Crabbe bring to the Trail Blazers, assuming that either are ready to step in and provide what Matthews does, both on and off the court, shortchanges just how good Matthews is and discounts the disparity between the NCAA and NBA when it comes talent level. We were spoiled last season by the quickness with which Damian Lillard adjusted to the NBA. Let's not assume it's going to necessarily be that way for other rookies, especially McCollum.