By 750 THE GAME STAFF
The Portland Trail Blazers have matched the offer by the Dallas Mavericks to restricted free agent Matisse Thybulle, keeping the 26-year-old wing in Rip City.
The Mavericks signed Thybulle to an offer sheet for 3 years and $33 Million, per multiple reports on Wednesday evening.
Portland had one day to decide whether or not to match the offer. They wasted no time in their decision, and Thybulle remains a Trail Blazer.
Thybulle was the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and spent his first 3-1/2 seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers before being dealt to Portland at last year’s trade deadline.
A defensive specialist, Thybulle improved his three-point shooting during his 22 games at the end of last season with the Blazers. He shot 38.8% from downtown in that stretch while playing over 27 minutes a game.
Reports say the final year of Thybulle’s deal includes a player option for $11.5 Million, and also carries a 15% trade kicker.
Thybulle has twice been named to the NBA All-Defensive team in his first four seasons in the league.
The Portland Trail Blazers are matching restricted free agent Matisse Thybulle’s three-year, $33 million offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks, sources tell ESPN. Sheet was signed and received in Portland this morning. pic.twitter.com/5WEqjCO18w
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2023
Matisse Thybulle’s new three-year, $33 million deal that Portland matched contains a 15 percent trade kicker, a player option, and 50 percent of annual salary must be paid by Oct. 1, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @BleacherReport.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 6, 2023