It appears that Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent swingman Matisse Thiebul is staying. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Blazers will match Thiboule to a three-year offer sheet they received from the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
The Portland Trail Blazers are matching restricted free agent Matisse Thybulle’s three-year, $33 million offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks, sources told ESPN. The sheet was signed and received in Portland this morning. pic.twitter.com/5WEqjCO18w
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) 6 July 2023
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Once signed, the Trail Blazers had two days to match or decline the Mavericks’ offer.
Thiebul averaged 7.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 38.8% from 3-point land in 22 games with Portland last season. Thybulle was acquired from the 76ers at the trade deadline in a three-team deal with the Hornets.
A former All-Defensive Second Team member in 2020-21 and 2021-22, Thybulle saw a drastic decline in his role last season with the 76ers. However, he bounced back well after the loss to the Blazers and remains a capable perimeter defender and slasher.
The Blazers are still working out what to do with star guard Damian Lillard, whom the team has admitted to have asked for a trade. In addition, Portland’s other big move in the offseason was the signing of forward Jeremy Grant, reportedly to a five-year deal.