Posted July 11, 2012 on AP on Fox
Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey says the team will match any offers for French swingman Nicolas Batum. Olshey's comments came Wednesday after speculation the team might be working on a sign-and-trade with Minnesota, which was interested in the restricted free agent. Olshey said he believes Batum has more value than what Minnesota would be able to offer. Batum's agent told The Associated Press last week that he and the Timberwolves agreed to terms on a four-year, $45 million offer with bonuses that could push it past $50 million. Agent Bouna Ndiaye also told the AP that Batum wanted to play for the Wolves and that they hoped the Blazers would either not match the offer or execute a sign-and-trade.

Wolves still want sign-and-trade for Batum

MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Timberwolves are still attempting to work out an agreement on a sign-and-trade deal to acquire small forward Nicolas Batum from the Portland Trail Blazers, according to a league source. The team hopes to resolve the situation by the end of the day, and if a sign-and-trade agreement cant be reached, it is poised to present Batum a restricted free agent...

Batum Confirms Desire To Play For T-Wolves

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived center Darko Milicic and submitted a formal offer sheet in an attempt to sign Portland forward Nicolas Batum. Milicic received the amnesty designation Thursday, a one-time provision allowing a team to let a player go without his remaining contract counting against the league's salary cap or luxury tax. Owner Glen Taylor said the team expected...

Relax Portland Trail Blazers Fans, This Isn’t A Failure

  This just in:  Roy Hibbert isn’t coming to Portland.  This also just in:  The sky isn’t falling. As I write this, it’s apparent that the coveted free agent (restricted as he may be) center the Portland Trail Blazers targeted will not be a Blazer.  The restricted free agent (Nicolas Batum) they currently hold the [...]

Predicting the Portland Trail Blazers’ 2012 starting lineup

Who’s it gonna be? The Portland Trail Blazers will have a brand new look heading into the 2012-13 NBA season. Following one of the most disappointing years in franchise history, the team has begun making moves to propel the roster back to its winning ways. Here is a look at the expected starting lineup for the 2012 Portland Trail Blazers: Point Guard—Damian Lillard The Portland...

Wolves doing the math to make moves work

MINNEAPOLIS Late Tuesday evening, the announcement was in. The NBA set its salary cap at 58.044 million, the same as last season. The news was as expected, and three hours later, the league's 10-day moratorium on signing free agents ended. Free agents could officially sign, teams could officially trade players and the bureaucratic boredom should have ended. Should have is...

Slow Going Now … Fast Finish Later?

Guys, can I let you in on a little secret? I get a little bored with sports this time of year. To me it seems like nothing is really happening. Oh sure we’ve just had a lot of really exciting sports things wrap up such as Wimbledon and the NBA Draft. We also have a bunch of stuff getting ready to happen such as NFL training camps and the NBA Summer League. Right now though is there...

Sad To See Darko Go

Darko Milicic got amnestied by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday so they could create enough cap space to get Nicolas Batum, which makes sense. But it’s a shame for poor Darko, who showed flashes of being a decent player, but only scored 4.6 points per game this year. As it turns out, this video is the defining moment of Darko’s time in Minnesota.

Blazers introduce draft picks

While speculation swirls about the Trail Blazers' moves in free agency, the team is welcoming its three recent draft picks to Portland. Guards Damian Lillard and Will Barton and center Meyers Leonard were introduced at a press conference Monday afternoon at the city's Children's Museum. Later, the trio was going to tour the team's facilities. The draft picks are...
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