Utah Jazz Match Portland's Offer For Paul Millsap

Diana AllenCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY - MAY 11:  Paul Millsap #24 of the Utah Jazz shoots over Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on May 11, 2008 at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

The deal was considered "toxic", by the Portland Trailblazers. The upfront money was considered lethal. A small market team like the Utah Jazz with modest owners would not even consider matching the deal according to much of the media.

The Utah Jazz however did the contrary today by matching the toxic deal. The deal is 32 million dollars for four years, averaging eight million a year. That is exactly what the Jazz thought they'd have to pay to keep Millsap according to the Jazz President, Randy Rigby.

Ten million dollars is due to Millsap within a week of the signing other than that it averages six to seven million a year.

Millsap averaged 13.5 points and over nine rebounds a game in the 2008-2009 season. Millsap filled it nicely for the often injured Carlos Boozer. Millsap even had a 19 game streak of double doubles.