Originally written on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 7/19/12
The Portland Trail Blazers made it pretty clear that Nicolas Batum is part of the future of their franchise, so it is not surprising they matched the Minnesota Timberwolves' four-year, $46.5 million offer sheet. The talented young forward will remain in Portland for now. It is a smart move by the Blazers. Batum continues to mature and improve. He is only 23 and it is obvious that he has a bright future in the NBA. The Portland roster has undergone so many changes and modifications over the last few years. If they want to be successful, they need to find a solid core and build on that. Nic Batum can be a part of that core. At the very least, he is a tradable asset and letting him go to Minnesota for nothing would have been a huge mistake. For the T-Wolves, it is on to Plan B. Minnesota general manager David Kahn is acting like he was prepared for Batum to return Portland. "We are disappointed that Nicolas Batum will not be on our team and wish him the best in the future," Kahn said. ...
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