Sunday, July 8th, 2012 at 11:23 am  |  18 responses

Nicolas Batum Wants to Play in Minnesota, Hopes Portland Doesn’t Match Offer Sheet

The Minnesota Timberwolves will reportedly sign restricted free agent Nicolas Batum to a four-year, $45 million offer sheet once free agency’s moratorium ends on July 11, and according to CSNNW, the swingman is hoping that the Portland Trail Blazers will be kind enough not to match the offer and let him go play in Minny: “‘His mind is not there in Portland. Out of that meeting with the Blazers (on Thursday), we hoped they would allow him to live his dream. The best case scenario is a sign-and-trade and we understand that. Hopefully, Paul Allen would never stand in the way of his dream to play for the Timberwolves,’ is what Nicolas Batum’s agent, Bouna Ndiaye, told CSNNW.com Saturday evening. Batum and his agent met with Trail Blazers general manger Neil Olshey, director of college scouting Chad Buchanan, and capologist Joe Cronin on Thursday in an attempt to convince the organization to set him free after they had a pleasant Minnesota visit. The Trail Blazers were unaware Batum was flying in and that was the plan in fear the Trail Blazers wouldn’t grant the visit knowing what he would ask for. Batum wanted to relay the message in person of his desires to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves. … Ndiaye says Batum is enamored with the opportunity of possibly playing with a true point guard in Ricky Rubio and an All-Star player in Kevin Love. They had dinner with Rick Adelman in which he went over his coaching philosophy and style. At that point, Batum was hooked, according to Ndiaye. Another perk was that Minnesota has a direct flight to Paris that is about a seven hour flight.”

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  • don the GSW fan

    and portland doesn’t have a direct flight to paris? boo

  • Jono

    “his dream to play for the Timberwolves…” – first time this sentence has ever been said

  • dungeon family

    That Curse is real…..Nobody wants to play for Portland

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/10/the-sad-case-of-adam-morrison/ vantot fresnedee

    the blazers are going nowhere as currently constructed.
    the twolves on the other hand, is full if young guys who are only going to improve.

  • lol

    I think its more “his dream is to be overpaid for the rest of his career” rather than “his dream is to play for the timberwolves”

  • Homer

    It’s all BS. Minnesota doesn’t even have the cap space to sign Batum and Roy. It’s all a ploy because Batum was offended the Blazers didn’t extend him earlier. In Minnesota he would be a third option and if they manage to somehow sign him AND Roy, he’ll just end up standing around in the corner with everyone else as Roy hogs the ball.

    If Batum really wants out of Portland, they wouldn’t be talking about hoping Portland doesn’t match. He’d just sign the 1 year deal and leave after next season as an unrestricted free agent.

  • Mike Olsavsky

    Too bad. The Wolves will find out that he doesn’t come to play every night. The only problems are in his head !!

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    homer, your last sentance is really on point. i wonder why more players don’t do that.

  • alpha

    Both Nic Batum and Eric Gordon are continuing to dictate their respective teams, like there the franchise players. If I was their team I would send them both to the Charlotte Bobcats for 100 pair of J’s.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Because most players aren’t patient.

  • YoungC

    Yeah, why dont more players risk tearing their acl and blowing out their knee for one year with no guaranteed contract. Or why not risk losing their spot in the rotation causing their stock to go down, thus lowering the value of their next contract. I cant imagine why more players wouldn’t take the one year qualifying offer…

  • lol

    I think Ben Gordon was a player that played out a qualifying offer to leave Chicago as an UFA

  • Young C

    Why would a player take the one year qualifying offer risking injury or losing his spot in the rotation, thus lowering the value of his next contract? Most players want the security of a long term contract

  • Mark c

    It’s sad really.. I remember like 2 years ago thinking that the Trailblazers had a chance of going deep in the playoffs.. Roy, Aldridge, Wallace, Oden, Batum, Matthews, Camby.. such a deep roster and then trades and injuries hit them hard. such a shell of a franchise now.

  • ai come back

    roy was not a ball hog and will not be a ball hog wtf

  • french toast

    7 Hours to go to Paris from Minnesota ? I don’t think so!
    Must be 10 or 11h…
    Batum for 45m is way too much!!!!

  • drock

    If the contract is split out evenly then that’s 10.2 million a year,which is kind of on the border of allstar player money……..overpaid much???

  • drock

    I meant 11.2 or 11.3 million..which is even worse!