Thursday, July 15, 2010

To Offer or Not to Offer


According to Wes Matthews... he was never offered a contract.
"They said that I was a priority, but they never made me an offer. They never offered me anything. I'm sure that if they would have made an offer, it would have been a fair offer and I might have taken it."
As a restricted free agent, the Jazz used the strategy of having Wes Matthews find his market value to determine his offer rather than offer him a contract outright. What should the Jazz do in situations like this one? Like Millsap, Wes Matthews was a restricted free agent. We had the opportunity to match any contract he came up with. The Jazz, I suppose, didn't want to bid against their own qualifying offer... and it came to bite us in the behind. Would Matthews have accepted a low-ball offer from the Jazz? I don't think so... but we'll never know. How should the Jazz have negotiated through this scenario?

3 comments:

Pasty Gangsta said...

I think the Jazz played it right. Portland offered a contract pretty early on. Us offering a "good" contract before that wouldn't have convinced him. What's the point in signing instead of waiting to see what else gets offered?

Portland's move last year with Millsap made me mad but it also made sense. They figured the Jazz would match so they jacked up the price and front-loaded the contract to screw them. If they didn't that was fine, the Blazers would have fit him in. This contract just makes no sense. $7 million a year is too much for them to pay their backup shooting guard.

The Crotty Kid said...

If the Jazz had offered, Wes' agent would simply have shopped that offer around as a "floor." Everyone plays restricted free agents the same way. Unless you are maxing a player, you wait for the market to set the price.

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So, I do not really imagine this is likely to have success.