Reports: Utah matches Millsap offer sheet

Jason Quick, The Oregonian

Strike two in the Trail Blazers summer arrived Thursday evening when the Utah Jazz said they will match the Blazers’ four-year, $32 million offer to Paul Millsap, allowing the Jazz to retain the services of the power forward.Millsap is the Blazers’ second attempt at a free agent that went awry. On July 3, forward Hedo Turkoglu turned his back on the Blazers’ five-year, $50 million offer to sign a five-year, $53 million deal with Toronto.

Utah announced its decision on the team website, and both newspapers in Salt Lake City reported that sources revealed the team would match the Blazers offer. The Jazz had seven days to match the Blazers’ offer, a deadline that expired at midnight tonight (Friday).

Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard did not return a phone message Thursday night, and a Blazers spokesperson declined to comment, saying the reports were speculation.

Utah had consistently said it would match any offer to Millsap, providing it wasn’t out of reason. The Blazers tried to threaten that threshold with a deal that was structured to give Millsap $10.3 million up front, due within seven days after the contract was signed.

http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindblazersbeat/2009/07/reports_utah_matches_millsap_o.html

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