Apr 6, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum (88) brings the ball up the court during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Trailblazers defeated the Mavericks 99-97 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Another Blazer - Batum Verbally Agrees With Minnesota, Wants Out Of Portland

As reported on ESPN.com a few minutes ago, “The agent for Portland restricted free agent Nicolas Batum told The Associated Press that his client has reached a verbal agreement with the Timberwolves on a new deal and wants the Blazers to let him go to Minnesota.”

With Wolves already acquiring the rights to recently-out-of-retirement Brandon Roy about an hour or less ago, another Portland Trail Blazer wants to reunite with Brandon Roy.

However, despite that possibility occurring, the Portland Trail Blazers have been reported to not let go of the young forward who’s full potential in the NBA is starting to show after an amazing season recently.

As reported on OregonLive.com a few hours ago before the ESPN report came up, “The Trail Blazers delivered a direct and emphatic message to free agent Nicolas Batum during a downtown meeting Thursday afternoon: Batum will remain with the Blazers.” 

Nonetheless, the possible addition of Nicolas Batum to the Minnesota Timberwolves will be a huge factor that WILL boost the up and coming Minnesota Timberwolves who had a solid season start last year that ended tragically due to key injuries to key players. Batum will be capable of filling in the void Beasley left the Timberwolves in the small forward position. Yes, Derrick Williams is a solid candidate for that position, but in my opinion I really haven’t seen the full Derrick Williams. Well, he’s still entering his sophomore year, so I’ll accept the fact that he hasn’t yet taken charge at his position and role on the Timberwolves. Batum, on the other hand has proven that he is ready for the next step as he took over the small forward position with force in Portland since the Blazers questionably traded away Gerald Wallace.

Last season Batum averaged career highs of 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in just his fourth season in the NBA.


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