The Mavericks are allegedly negotiating an offer sheet with Trail Blazers guard Matisse Thybulle (story), but Thybulle may not be wearing a Dallas uniform next season.
Thybulle is a restricted free agent, which allows Portland to match outside bids. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Mavericks’ offer will be for three years and approximately $33 million. According to Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report/TNT, who broke the news, it’s anticipated to be signed Thursday, giving the Blazers two days to match.
Well, according to Sean Highkin of The Rose Garden Report, the Blazers are set to match the offer.
In other words, this could simply be a little hiccup for Portland, which is focusing its efforts on transactions centered on star guard Damian Lillard.
And, considering that Dallas is getting forward Grant Williams in a trade with the Celtics and Spurs (story), retaining Thybulle will almost certainly need a pay reduction.
Thybulle, 26, was acquired by the Blazers from the 76ers in a four-team transaction that also included the Knicks and Hornets in February. He played in 22 games for the Blazers, averaging a career-high 7.4 points per game.
He is most recognized as a top-tier perimeter defender, and if the Mavericks can keep him, he might offer that quality with elite guards Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.
That scenario appears doubtful, as Thybulle appears to be returning to the Blazers.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 6, 2023