According to Matthews, after he became a free agent, the Blazers never called, texted or made an offer to him. Matthews played five seasons in Portland, the last of which was cut short after 59 games because of an Achilles tear.
“I was pissed off,” Matthews told Quick after receiving nothing but silence from Portland. “I felt disrespected.”
Matthews, a three-point marksman and skilled defender, eventually signed a four-year, $70 million deal with the Mavericks in free agency. Last season, before his injury, he averaged 16.1 points per game while shooting over 39 percent from three.
- Rohan Nadkarni