Blazers sign Matthews

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, Last Updated: 4:11 PM ET

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Trail Blazers have officially signed restricted free-agent guard Wesley Matthews.

As per club policy, no terms of the deal were announced. However, a report in the Oregonian last week placed the pact at five years and $34 million.

The Blazers signed Matthews to an offer sheet on July 10 which his former team, the Utah Jazz, declined to match.

Matthews was relied on right away as a rookie last season, averaging 9.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 24.7 minutes per game. He played in all 82 games, making 48 starts.

Undrafted after his four-year career at Marquette, Matthews proved himself further by posting 13.2 points, 4.4 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.8 steals in starting all 10 of Utah's playoff games in 2009-10.

"Wesley is a great fit for our team both on and off the court," said new Portland general manager Rich Cho. "As only a first-year player last season, he demonstrated a lot of maturity and ability. He's already one of the best young defenders in the league and offensively he's an emerging threat. He's going to add a lot of versatility to our roster."


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