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Trail Blazers officially match offer keep Nicolas Batum

Jul 18, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma AP

There really was no surprise here. From Portland making the move to keep Batum to a quick spin that all is good and trying to put a contentious negotiations behind them and move on.

As was expected all along, Portland has officially matched the Minnesota four-year, $46 million offer and will keep Nicolas Batum, Blazers GM Neil Olshey confirmed to reporters at Summer League in Las Vegas, according to Ben Golliver at It’s not a shock, the Blazers have said they would do this all along and shot down sign-and-trade attempts by the Timberwolves.

These were contentious negotiations only because Batum’s agent (his brother) was frustrated after failed negotiations near the trade deadline and he worked hard to get Batum sent out of town. Already the Blazers are trying to spin that, according to Chris Haynes at

Olshey says Batum called him without Minnesota/agent knowledge to tell him he didn’t say those things & that he was told to say those things

Batum’s agent got him a big contract, at the end of the day that is his job. Batum has to mend fences because he will play basketball in Portland, that is his job. And Portland has kept one of the best young wing players in the game to pair with LaMarcus Aldridge, which was what they had to do.

It’s business. It’s the making sausage that is getting an NBA contract done. It’s not always pretty.

  1. brewdogg - Jul 18, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    I feel somewhat the same right now as I do when I check to see if my Powerball ticket won. i knew it wouldn’t, but there was that little bit of hope…..

    • hannsta - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:16 PM

      Ya its hard not to get your hopes up around RFA’s, I was dreaming of Hibbert LA Batum while you were dreaming of Rubio Love Batum lol.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:31 PM


      • slopmcflop - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM

        He was dreaming of a Roy Hibbert / Lamarcus Aldridge / Nic Batum pairing in Portland.

        Brewdogg was dreaming of a Ricky Rubio / Kevin Love / Nic Batum pairing in Minny.

        Both scenarios would have been possible if things played out a little differently. That’s all he was saying.

      • brewdogg - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:21 AM

        Yeah, Hibbert/Aldridge/Batum would be sick. That would really strain anyone’s ability to defend the paint. But alas…. While I’m at it, I might as well dream of Wesley Matthews wearing a wolf on his chest. Would you be okay with that?

  2. dylude - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Portland hates Minnesota’s FO that much that they matched to spite…. Gotta love the GM drama but they’ll regret turning down Derrick Williams + 2 future firsts.

    • kopy - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:26 PM

      There’s no way that Minnesota offered that, or that Portland would have turned that down.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:52 PM

        Minnesota did.

      • kopy - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:55 PM

        I’d love to see a source for that, because the AP writer that covers the Wolves said it didn’t happen.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      • kopy - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:45 AM

        A veteran small forward acquired from another team is not Derrick Williams.

  3. diablito0402 - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Wayyy too much money for this guy, nooo waaayyy he is worth that much..

    • monkeyhateclean - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      The market sets the price. Unfortunately for both teams, Batum isn’t nearly as valuable to POR as he was to Minny.

    • slopmcflop - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      You can say that for nearly every single RFA that gets a contract. Market sets the price, and if you want a chance at a player, you have to overpay in the hopes that the team won’t match.

  4. jammer73 - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Batum wasn’t worth that contract anyway. At least the JailBlazers got to overpay.

  5. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Gotta love the Minnesota/Portland rivalry.

    It started with Portland trading Martell Webster, hiding his injury. NBA is still looking into that, so Minnesota could receive some form of compensation.

    Minnesota signed Brandon Roy because they need him, oh and Portland paying part of his salary.

    Minnesota signed Batum because they supposedly liked him. If Portland matches, it jacks up their cap.

    I guarantee you Portland will return the favor next summer with Pekovic.

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