You Be The GM: Wesley Matthews
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  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 05/13/2011 10:59 AM

    You Be The GM: Wesley Matthews
    Stay - He's young, our best shooter and still has room to grow (16)
    Go - Deal him while his value is at its highest (1)
    Oregon Live does their annual You Be The GM posts and up next is rookie point guard Wesley Matthews.

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    The high point of the playoffs for Matthews when he singlehandedly outscored the Mavs 14-10 to start Game 3, tying the franchise record for three-pointers made in a quarter during the postseason. His 16 first-quarter points were more than he scored in the first two games combined.

    Coming from Utah as a rookie, not many knew what to expect out of Wesley Matthews. The word on the street was that he was one of the best up and coming wing defenders in the league with an intense desire to win. But once he arrived in Portland, fans were greeted with a tremendous three-point shooter and one of the toughest finishers in the paint. Wesley's 6-5, 220lb frame allow him to take a lot of body contact and still keep his balance, enabling him to score despite being amongst the trees. While Wesley was brought here to backup Brandon Roy, Roy's mid-season injuries thrusted Wesley into the starting lineup where he thrived.

    According to HoopsHype, Wesley Matthews is locked up for four more seasons and is scheduled to made a cool $6.1 million in 2011-12. With Wesley's long-term deal, it appears that he's going to be a Blazer for quite a while. Should the Trail Blazers keep him at any cost or deal him if the right price comes along? Keep this in mind, Wesley is really our only healthy starting shooting guard option as Brandon is still battling his knees, Elliot is only a rookie coming off of double-knee surgery and Rudy is more suited to come off the bench.
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  1. ClydeFrog
    Posts: 975

    Posted 05/13/2011 1:55 PM

    Defense wins championships and Wesley is a stud on D. Not only is he a great defender but he's really our only 3 point shooter. Stay.
    I am a fan of Watching Elliot Williams Take Flight!
  1. CarlJ1
    Posts: 399

    Posted 05/13/2011 4:46 PM

    When I look at Wesley I sometimes forget he's only in his second year and with his work ethic he's only going to get better and with Brandon health we be a fool to trade him he's another reason why we made the playoffs.
    I am a fan of Respect, Loyalty, Honor & Pride the same thing the Blazer & their true fans are made of RIP CITY STAND UP!
  1. TayC
    Posts: 1804

    Posted 05/13/2011 8:09 PM

    well when i look at wesley i see a really dope bench player.......

    i have come to like the once golden boi, he is a great asset to this team but i would really like to see a better player , a more experienced captain at the number 2, starting.....
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  1. Posted 05/14/2011 2:56 PM

    derrick rose is better than him.
    I am a fan of the bulls beating the blazers
  1. Posted 05/14/2011 2:56 PM

    derrick rose is better than him.
    I am a fan of the bulls beating the blazers
  1. Lapinnoir
    Posts: 43

    Posted 05/14/2011 8:07 PM

    Am I the only one who feels like in a few years wesley could be averaging like 18 points a game along with a few assists and a few rebounds, this cat is solid all over the place and his driving skills will get even better especially if brandon helps him a little bit yeah I think Wesley should defiantly stay and I think he deserves 30 mins a game for god sakes we have to give some developing players time to play of they will never develop he is the player to give those minutes to.  Notice I did not mention who should start because I really don't know but I do know he deserves 30 minutes because he can play well for 30 minutes.
    I am a fan of a team who values integrity and shows great heart.
  1. mario250775
    Posts: 197

    Posted 05/15/2011 1:02 AM

    very good defence, good offence and a lot of energy that he brings to the team. After this season performance and with Roy problems with knees for me he is strating lineup player for next season .

    GO BLAZERS !!!
    I am a fan of Portland Trail Blazers, RIP CITY !!!
  1. Blazers6thMan
    Posts: 56

    Posted 05/15/2011 11:50 PM

    Wes has that defense we need badly. What an amazing contract when we signed him. I am very pleased with his production (although I wish his 3-ball was a bit more consistent). There is not even a little doubt in my mind that we keep Wesley.
    I am a fan of being the team to fear in the Western Conference!
  1. BDawg
    Posts: 1593

    Posted 05/17/2011 11:53 AM

    Building block, pure and simple.  As the youngest of the trio of popular 'keepers' on the Blazer roster, could Wesley become the leader in the lockerroom moving forward?  His intangibles are undeniable.  If Matthews could add a couple of dimensions to his game offensively in this extended off-season, we could be looking at a future all-star. 

    I am a fan of players that play with PASSION and PRIDE
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