APRIL. 18, 2011; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum (88) reacts after turning the ball over during the first quarter of the game against the Utah Jazz at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE

Batum Chase Intensifies - Nicolas Batum Gets Offered $46 million For 4 Years

The Minnesota Timberwolves are now waiting for the response of the Portland Trail Blazers after offering forward Nicolas Batum with a $46 million contract for 4-years. The Portland Trail Blazers now have 3 days, starting today, to match the offer. If not, the Timberwolves will be able to acquire the rights to the young forward who had a brilliant 2011-2012 NBA season.

In my opinion, however, Batum hasn’t proven his worth yet. The Minnesota Timberwolves have been rumored to be doing this only to get back at what the Blazers did to them in the past. The Blazers front office knew that guard Martell Webster, who was just recently waived off by the Timberwolves, had a back injury and decided to trade him to Minnesota. Unfortunately, the Timberwolves didn’t know that and they suffered from it as Webster wasn’t able to get much playing time during his time in Minnesota.

The Timberwolves and Blazers are now in a heated competition for Nicolas Batum. The Blazers, just like myself, realize that Nicolas isn’t worth that much money, but they would still want him on their roster for the next couple of seasons. However, since the Timberwolves placed a huge amount in front of Batum, the Blazers have two options left: Match that offer or let Batum go. Portland is certainly on the tougher side of this deal as they continually disbelieve that Batum, having only showed signs of potential in a couple of games as the recent NBA season closed, is worth $46 million. The Timberwolves, however, do believe he is worth that much but they are also doing this to prevent the Blazers from keeping Batum.

The Blazers have consistently been reported to be willing to match any offer the Timberwolves throw at Batum’s face. A sign and trade deal is now a thing of the past and Derrick Williams is, for now, staying in Minnesota and not going anywhere else.

Batum has been reported to show interest in playing for Minnesota. In one report I remember he stated that his heart is in Minnesota and that he is ready to leave Portland. Although, unlike Dwight Howard with the Orlando Magic, Batum is not demanding to leave Portland. He is fine with staying with the Blazers, but if he has to leave due to NBA teams bouncing him, he is more than fine with it as long as he knows he’s going to a team he can help and have success at.

Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations David Kahn was a former sports writer for The Oregonian, a newspaper based in the state of Oregon, the home of the Blazers. And now, Kahn is rumored to be getting back at the Blazers one step at a time. First they got Brandon Roy, who the Blazers could have never gotten even. And now, the Timberwolves are fighting, with a lot of money, for Nicolas Batum. I still don’t think that Batum is worth that much, but having Batum on the wing will definitely help the Timberwolves offensively and defensively.

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