Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/9/14
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MINNEAPOLIS Portland had until 10:59 p.m. Wednesday to match the Timberwolves' reported four-year, 46.5 million offer to small forward Nicolas Batum. Just after 4 p.m., it announced its decision.Batum will remain a Trail Blazer. Minnesota can begin to move on, to pick up the pieces after this weeks-long soap opera.Portland had been adamant for weeks that it would match any offer presented to the restricted free agent, and sign-and-trade talks between the Trail Blazers and Timberwolves fell apart late last week. Batum's fate was sealed before the Timberwolves sent the signed offer sheet to Portland on Sunday night a formality, really yet the Trail Blazers milked their advantage for all it was worth.And in some ways, why not? Batum made 2.16 million last season, and after matching the Timberwolves' deal, the Trail Blazers will be forced to pay him more than 10 million next season. That's five times what he made in 2011-12, nearly as much as the 12.9 million Kevin Love will make next...
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