Mar. 12, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Martell Webster (5) against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Suns 127-124. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE.

Goodbye Martell

Apr 22, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Martell Webster (5) shoots against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter at Target Center. Warriors won 93-88. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Portland Trail Blazers have both been in hot pursuit of Nicolas Batum at a price I personally don’t think he deserves.

Yesterday, the Timberwolves waived guard Martell Webster and have also traded center Brad Miller and two second round picks to the New Orleans Hornets. The purpose of doing these moves were to clear up cap space in order to acquire the young forward in Nicolas Batum. Batum has already been offered a four-year $46.5 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, the Portland Trail Blazers will not go down easily.

The Blazers currently have until Tuesday to match the Timberwolves’ offer sheet. The GM of the Blazers has consistently stated that they will match whatever the Timberwolves will throw at Batum, but as of now, it looks like the Blazers don’t want to do that mainly because of the high price they’ll have to pay if Batum doesn’t turn out to be as successful as what some people think he is. The Timberwolves as well are risking themselves as Batum hasn’t played a full NBA season and just had a little spark last season.

The Timberwolves have been trying desperately to make a trade with the Blazers as they have been trying to trade Derrick Williams, last season’s 2nd overall pick, and some future draft picks.

Just after his fourth season in the NBA, Nicolas Batum has averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

The Timberwolves have already waived big man Darko Milicic and have now waived Martell Webster. So who’s next? I still believe that the amount Batum has been offered is simply too much.

Last season Martell Webster averaged 6.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

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