Marc Stein of ESPN.com tweets...
Just filed to ESPN.com: Raja Bell will not be meeting with Kobe Bryant after all ... because Bell has been snapped up Utah
Sources say Jazz put hard press on Bell -- who has played for Jerry Sloan before -- and offered three-year deal worth nearly $10 million
Barring a minor miracle... Welcome to Portland Wesley Matthews.
There will be no minor miracle.
Ross Siler of the Salt Lake City Tribune tweets...
Jazz have notified Wesley Matthews reps they won't match offer and will sign other guard.
That's Raja Bell contingent on physical.
Update: 7:22 PM
It's been clear in a number of recent conversations that Portland targeted Matthews in free agency for his combination of skillset, personality and fit. "Ben, he can be great for us," Born said. "We were talking about this before, we do a lot of work on the guys that we're working out for the draft, free agency. We do intel work on those guys -- Andre Miller, Marcus Camby -- he's going to be a terrific fit for us. He's everything we're about. He's a great kid, a great worker, a great teammate. Really well liked. Obviously for him playing for the two coaches he's played for -- at Marquette and then playing for Coach Sloan -- that says a lot about him as a player and as a person. We think he's got a chance to be a really good player for us and to be a really good fit for our culture. I think people will really like him as a person as well."
Wesley Matthews give some thoughts to Chris Tomasson of NBA Fanhouse...
"I'm just happy for my family,'' said Matthews, who was raised by his mother, Pam Moore, and mentioned her and members of her family. "They've never had a payday like this before. But I don't play for the money.''
Matthews knows there will be naysayers claiming he's overpaid.
"I guess some people think that I was overpaid if they didn't match,'' Matthews said of the Jazz letting him go. "But I can't listen to that. But I'm going to keep working. That's why I'm going to the gym right now (in Milwaukee, where he played in college and near his home of Madison, Wis.) to work out.''
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