Apr. 4, 2011; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum (88) dunks the ball on New Jersey Nets guard MarShon Brooks (9) and forward Jordan Williams (20) during the fourth quarter of the game at the Rose Garden. The Blazers won the game 101-88. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE

Blazers Win The Batum Chase


After multiple talks, arguments, rumors, discussions, and money thrown from there to there, Nicolas Batum is staying in the Rose City and not moving to the Twin Cities any time soon.

The Portland Trail Blazers have matched the $46 million offer that the Minnesota Timberwolves have offered the young forward.

In my opinion, this is both a good thing and a bad thing for the Timberwolves.

First and foremost, I know I have stated this multiple times already whenever I bring up Nicolas Batum, but I have to say it one last time: He’s not worth that much money. Everyone knows that. The Blazers GM even knows that, but he felt that Batum could really help the Blazers and that Batum could possibly realize that he is being paid that much which would in turn make him try to strive to be the best of his abilities.

Unfortunately for Timberwolves fans, that’s not happening in Minnesota. But fortunately, on the other hand, the Timberwolves won’t waste $46 million on just one player and now they must move on and try to find a wingman.

The Timberwolves had no interest in resigning forward Michael Beasley, which would end up to Beasley leaving Minnesota for Phoenix. The Timberwolves have already waived players and have decided not to sign players as well. We will not be seeing Anthony Randolph, Martell Webster, and Darko Milicic this upcoming NBA season. The Timberwolves are opening up for capspace and with $46 million dollars saved from signing Nicolas Batum, the T-Wolves can use that money for players who deserve that much cash.

With Batum not coming to the Twin Cities, the Timberwolves will now need to look into the forwards that are left behind in the free agency pool and go from there. If not free agency, trading is always an option. However, I totally disagree if forward Derrick Williams is brought up because I can see that guy developing into a great forward sometime in his career. Even better than Batum I might add.

 

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