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Freeman: Blazers G Wesley Matthews "Itching" To Play Overseas

Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews reportedly continues to dance with the possibility of playing overseas. After getting healthy this summer, Matthews repeatedly made it clear that he was interested in playing overseas if the lockout continued, even exploring the possibility of joining Blazers guard Patty Mills in Australia.

Back in September, while competing in the "Lockout League" in Las Vegas, Matthews admitted that he hoped that the lockout wouldn't come to that and that he would be able to stay state-side.

Earlier this week, almost immediately the National Basketball Players Association disbanded so that it could file antitrust lawsuits against the NBA, it was reported that Matthews is again looking for an overseas landing spot during the labor impasse.

Joe Freeman of The Oregonian quotes Matthews' agent, Lance Young, who says that he is again exploring international options on Matthews' behalf.

"He has been itching to do something since August," Young said. "If it gets to the point where we feel like it's going to be a lost season, he's definitely going to play somewhere."

"We are definitely looking," Young said of overseas options. "We're holding out hope that this lockout ends sometime around the first of December and we can get back to play basketball in December or January. But our options are open and we've put it out there that he's willing and able to go over there in the right situation."

Matthews has said the risk of injury does not play into his decision.

"Can't think about stuff like that," Matthews said back in September. "I risk myself every time I wake up. Get in the car and work out, it's a risk."

Matthews played in Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge's Rip City Basketball Classic two weekends ago and said his ankles -- one that underwent PRP therapy and the other that he recently tweaked -- are good to go.

-- Ben Golliver | | Twitter