The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly in the market for a tough wing defender, that can also nail open shots.
Someone like Wesley Matthews, for example.
No dice, the Portland Trail Blazers have repeatedly told the Cavs’ front-office. The Blazers intend to retain the 28-year old for the long-term.
Per the NOMG:
To upgrade the position, Cleveland was in talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Corey Brewer, but those conversations have subsided. […] As of now, a rash of injuries has deterred Minnesota from handing over their best perimeter defender.
The idyllic fit for the Cavaliers to fill their void for toughness, shooting and defensive tenacity resides in the Pacific Northwest: Wesley Matthews of (the) Portland Trail Blazers. Cleveland has adored Matthews for quite some time and its quest of him has been repeatedly vetoed, league sources said.
Portland, at 19-6, is one of the best young teams in the league and is off to its best start in 15 years. Breaking up a sturdy nucleus entrenched in a winning culture isn’t in the team’s plans. […] Barring an unexpected plummet, the Trail Blazers are dismissing all overtures for Matthews. He is a free agent at the end of the season and they have every intention of re-signing him next summer, a league source said.