HoopsHype Wesley Matthews rumors


February 4, 2015 Updates

However, for now, Matthews says he would like to stay in Portland long term, but believes continuing to win at a high level is what will keep the Blazers’ nucleus together. “I’m just approaching it day by day,” Matthews said regarding his approach to this summer. “I’m not looking ahead to free agency. I’m looking in the right now. I’m living in the now, just seeing what I have to do to get better and help this club continue to win. “Free agency is going to take care of itself at the end of the day, but winning cures everything.” Basketball Insiders

The sixth year guard believes he should be prominently featured in any discussion for All-Defensive team honors at season’s end. However, Matthews readily acknowledges there’s a general lack of respect for what he does on that side of the floor without box score friendly defensive stat lines. “Yes, but I probably won’t [be recognized],” Matthews told Basketball Insiders on whether he should be in the All-Defensive team discussion. “You know, that’s just how it goes. Some of it is just a popularity contest and some of it is putting up gaudy steals and blocks. I’m never going to be in that category because that’s not how we play defense here in Portland. We’re one of the last teams in the league in terms of turnovers created, but we’re still one of the best defensive teams in the NBA in terms of efficiency (Blazers rank fourth). Basketball Insiders

February 1, 2015 Updates

"Still no state of panic, no state of emergency," said Matthews, who finished with 19 points against the Bucks. "This was a (crap) road trip. It was. We're better than this and we've got to be better." It was a forgettable January. But the Blazers refuse to be hypnotized by the moment. "It's been a tough month," Lillard said. "I'd rather it'd be this month rather than March or next month. It's good that it happened to us. I think we learned something from it by seeing that if we don't stick to what makes us who we are, these are the types of things that can happen. The positive thing is that this has happened to us and we're 32-16. We've just got to get back to doing those little things. We've got to commit ourselves to doing the things that make us an elite team." Oregonian

January 27, 2015 Updates

Joe Freeman: Wesley Matthews said neither he nor the #Blazers have been told by the NBA he has been invited to compete in All-Star Three-Point Contest. Wesley Matthews: "But obviously I would love to represent Portland in the Three-Point Contest when it is an official thing." Twitter @BlazerFreeman

January 11, 2015 Updates

During halftime of West Linn's eventual 92-75 win, Matthews attempted three shots from half court coming up well short on all three. The NBA's leader in three point field goals conceded that the shooting display might have been his worst of the season. "Probably considering I went from signing autographs, it was freezing cold and I decided to throw up half court shots," Matthews said with a laugh prior to Saturday's game against the Orlando Magic. "But they were all on line." Oregonian

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Enter Hornacek, then an assistant coach with the Jazz. Hornacek was one of the NBA's best shooters during his 14-year playing career and he was blunt with Matthews, telling him he wouldn't stick in the league if he didn't develop that part of his game. So Hornacek, now the head coach of the Phoenix Suns, made it his personal goal to shape Matthews' shot. The pair became inseparable and worked to refine Matthews' stroke through repetition and diligence. Every day, sometimes twice a day, they would work. Off days. Game days. Practice days. Holidays. It didn't matter. Matthews said a day didn't go by without the two working on shooting drills. Oregonian

Matthews is fueled by competition -- doesn't matter if it's a game of Monopoly or basketball, he wants to win -- and the rounds with Hornacek proved to be a test of endurance and patience. Hornacek once set an NBA record by making eight consecutive threes in a game without a miss, and he never lost his shooting stroke. Matthews found it nearly impossible to defeat his mentor. "I beat him twice," he said, chuckling. "We did it the whole year, every day, and I only beat him twice." Oregonian

December 16, 2014 Updates

The idyllic fit for the Cavaliers to fill their void for toughness, shooting and defensive tenacity resides in the Pacific Northwest: Wesley Matthews of Portland Trail Blazers. Cleveland has adored Matthews for quite some time and its quest of him has been repeatedly vetoed, league sources told Northeast Ohio Media Group. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Portland, at 19-6, is one of the best young teams in the league and is off to its best start in 15 years. Breaking up a sturdy nucleus entrenched in a winning culture isn't in the team's plans. Cleveland Plain Dealer

November 10, 2014 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers players and staff wore T-shirts on Sunday honoring fan Sandra "Sandy" Zickefoose who died at 67 after collapsing in the stands during the fourth quarter of Thursday's game against the Dallas Mavericks. The Zickefoose family was also in attendance on Sunday and the Blazers had a moment of silence as well as a rose placed in the seat in which she sat at Blazer games to honor her. "It means a lot. It was tough for everybody. I can't even imagine what the family is going through right now and to be wearing this and to be representing this it gives us an added edge going into tonight," Wesley Matthews said. Columbian

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For the second straight season, Matthews dealt with an irregular heartbeat and dealt with it only the way he could, suggesting that maybe another career-year was in order. When he was asked about whether he thought this could be his last season in a Blazers uniform with his contract coming off the books this summer, he was to the point. "Nope." Columbian

While Portland's shooting guard isn't focused on winning NBA honors like being selected to the All-Defensive team, he's certainly not bashful about his place in the league. "I'm never going to be the type that gets gaudy numbers to make an All-Defensive team," said Matthews before getting to his case. "Do I think I'm All-Defense? Absolutely. I think I'm the best two-way two-guard in the NBA. But I feel like we need to be a good defensive team within the scheme of the game. We're not out there gambling, trying to reach and get steals. That would put us in a bind if I don't get it," Matthews said. Columbian

October 6, 2014 Updates

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