The Los Angeles Clippers were busy last week in locking up Kawhi Leonard to a contract extension. After solidifying a deal with their superstar, they’ve also signed Nicolas Batum to a two-year deal according to Shams Charania.
The 32-year-old averaged 8.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 46.4 percent from the field last season.
In the playoffs, Batum maintained similar averages in 29 minutes of action. That level of consistency led to the Clipper’s front office wanting him to return to their lineup.
“Nico is a terrific player, a selfless teammate and a consummate professional, who lifts us in a lot of different ways,” said Lawrence Frank, president of basketball operations, via NBA.com. “He fit in perfectly from the beginning, and we’re grateful he’s chosen to return.”
Batum recently finished up playing for the French National Team in the Tokyo Olympics, losing to the U.S. National Team in the Gold Medal game 87-82.