Report: Wesley Matthews is asking for $15 million per year

usa-today-8384537.0As many of you may know, the Portland Trailblazers have a lot on their plate once free agency starts. Their star player and one of their main core pieces are both free agents next month. While many expect LaMarcus Aldridge will ask for max contract, Wesley Matthews will also command a lot of money as well. Matthews is still recovering from a torn Achilles, but he still feels like he should get paid. According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Matthews is asking for $15 million per year.

 

According to a person with knowledge of Matthews’ situation, he is seeking a multi-year deal that pays approximately $15 million annually. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of such discussions.

Matthews has already returned to basketball activities, and he is expected to be fully healthy and ready to play at the start of the regular season. He is on track to be active once training camps begin in October, but is likely to ease his way into the preseason. Matthews, a strong defender who averaged a career-high 16.4 points per game two seasons ago and 15.9 points per game in the 2014-15, has been playing at an All-Star caliber level for quite some time now and is confident that he’ll return to that level next season.

 

With Matthews coming off an injury, a team wold be taking a huge risk playing him $15 million per year. When healthy, Matthews is a very good defender and a deadly three point shooter. Hopefully he gets the payday he is looking for.

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