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Trail Blazers rejected Nicholas Batum for No. 4 pick offer from Wolves

Jun 22, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

nbatum.jpgThe Trail Blazers are very high on Nicolas Batum, the French player they are convinced can become the defensive stopper on the perimeter every team needs. Batum said after his exit interviews his goal is to be first team all NBA Defense next year.

How high are the Blazers on him? That they rejected the No. 4 overall pick from the Timberwolves for him, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford.

Batum had a very good +/- last season of +4.5 per 48 (meaning when he was on the floor they outscored their opponents by +4.5 points per game). His offensive game showed a lot of improvement last season and on the other side he was tough on opposing threes and the occasional two such as Kobe Bryant.

You need a wing defender to really advance in the playoffs. They don’t need a rookie big learning on the go. The Blazers seem to understand how to handle their roster a lot better than how to handle their general managers.

  1. Don - Sep 5, 2010 at 2:21 AM

    The only problem with your assumption (about how the Blazers handle their general managers) is that you don’t really know what happened or why they let Pritchard go. Neither do I, but a clue surfaced recently in an article I read on Rudy Fernandez.
    According to this article, Rudy was promised several things that never materialized. That was one reason Rudy made the decision to leave money on the table and head to the NBA. Pritch, according to the article, was the main culprit. The report was one sided – and who knows how accurate it was – but if true, could this have been why Portland let Pritch go? Was he making empty promises in order to get his way.

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