Before Nicolas Batum returned to Portland to begin training camp with the Blazers this season, his head coach in Nancy, France, Jean-Luc Monschau joked about Batum’s future in Portland.
“I hope he has a great future and when I retire, I will come to Portland to watch him…," said Coach Monschau.
“…if they are able to keep him.”
Fans in Rip City likely didn’t find that last line from Coach Monschau very amusing, but they can rest assure that it’s not a matter of how long Batum remains with the Blazers, but to when a contract extension is finally reached between the 6-foot-8 small forward and Portland.
They Blazers recently took the first step, sending a Batum’s agent Bouna Ndiyae a formal letter of intent to begin contract extension talks starting around January 1 according to Joe Freeman of the Oregonian.
“I spoke to Nic last week and told him that he doesn’t need to be worried about it,” Blazers interim GM Chad Buchanan said. “We’re going to take care of him. We have a la