Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 7/20/12
“Nicolas will absolutely live up to this contract.” These are the words of Portland Trail Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey after officially matching the offer that Nicolas Batum signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The deal is reportedly worth approximately $46 million over four years. Double-digit millions is a lot of money for a player whose numbers have been decent at best, but the true value of a contract doesn’t stem from past production; it comes from how well the player can produce moving forward. Up to this point, Batum’s role in Portland has been up in the air. His aggressiveness has been called into question in the past, but consistency has been tough to come by having been taken in and out of the starting lineup and switched between small forward and shooting guard. A little continuity goes a long way, and with the kind of money he’ll be making next season, you’d better believe that the starting small forward spot is his to claim. We’ve all seen the wa...
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