Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 6/15/12
The biggest question for the Portland Trail Blazers is whether they are going to re-sign restricted free agent, Nicolas Batum. A lot of what happens in the draft starts with Batum. With what’s out there as far as small forwards go, this may cost them. Batum will be a much sought out free agent this summer. At only 23 years of age, he can do a little bit of everything. This is what you expect out of a small forward. Batum can defend, which he does at multiple positions. He can score in a variety of ways, he can knock down the set shot three-pointer, he has developed his catch and shoot jumper while coming off screens, and he can also attack the basket. He can rebound as well. This is a guy that Portland will want to keep around. The only small forward that the Blazers have under contract is Luke Babbitt. He is not a starter in this league. Babbitt began to show his range this past season. He is also a decent rebounder. After that, he doesn’t bring much to the table. His defense isn...
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