Nicolas Batum just got a whole lot richer on Thursday. He agreed to a four year 45 million dollar offer sheet with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Portland Trail Blazers have said they will match all offers for Batum, but this might cause them a bit of pause.
I am big on Nicolas Batum but this deal seems a bit pricy. Then again, you do not want Portland to match. Adding Batum plus Brandon Roy is one heck of a day for Minnesota. I wonder if those two events are related to each other.
This would certainly be the small forward that the Wolves have been looking for. I like Batum’s potential and this deal sounds like one that could be good for both parties. I still think that Portland is going to match but Minnesota is making it hard for them.
I expect Nicolas Batum to have a breakout year next season. His PER has always been pretty good but I think he finally makes that big leap next season. Then again, player projections are not my strong suit. I do think you will find a lot of people that agree with him though.
This could be one of the biggest days for Minnesota in a long time. They are slowly becoming dark horses for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. In fact, they could be better than a eight seed. That would be a certain improvement for the team after the last couple of years.