The Portland Trail Blazers have re-signed restricted free against Matisse Thybulle after matching an offer from the Dallas Mavericks.
Terms of the deal for the guard/forward were not disclosed. Dallas reportedly offered Thybulle a three-year deal worth $33 million.
Thybulle was acquired by the Blazers in a multi-team trade in February. He averaged 7.4 points and 3.5 rebounds in 22 games with Portland. He also averaged 1.7 steals and was one of the bright spots for a team that struggled defensively.
“I got here and I immediately stepped into a bigger role than what I’ve had, and it felt really good and it was an opportunity for me to showcase a little bit more,” Thybulle said on Monday. “I was grateful to be able to step up and rise up to the occasion as well.”
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Thybulle was the 20th overall pick in the the 2019 draft out of Washington and has averaged 4.6 points and two rebounds a game during his career, playing for Philadelphia and Portland.
The Blazers announced a day earlier that they had also re-signed forward Jerami Grant, who averaged 20.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 63 games, all starts, last season. His deal is worth $160 million over the next five years.
Thybulle, Grant and Blazers general manager Joe Cronin spoke at a news conference to announce the deals during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. But the event largely focused on All-Star guard Damian Lillard’s request for a trade.
“He’s going to make his own decisions but at the same time I think Joe is moving in the right direction and he’s going to figure out what we can do to still be a winning team,” Grant said.
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