Found July 12, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Timberwolves are still attempting to work out an agreement on a sign-and-trade deal to acquire small forward Nicolas Batum from the Portland Trail Blazers, according to a league source. The team hopes to resolve the situation by the end of the day, and if a sign-and-trade agreement cant be reached, it is poised to present Batum a restricted free agent -- with an offer sheet. In order to create cap space for that offer sheet, the team will likely be forced to buy out the contracts of retiring center Brad Miller and swingman Martell Webster; the deadlines on those buyouts were extended in the hopes of including them in a sign-and-trade deal. Batum, a 23-year-old who has played four seasons with Portland, has averaged 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game over his career. In 2011-12, he had his best season, averaging 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Portland can match any offer presented to him, but he has expressed a desire to play in Minnesota. That wish to join the Timberwolves became clear on July 5, when Batums agent, Bouna Ndiaye, spoke out about his clients wish to leave Portland and play in Minnesota. Since then, the Trail Blazers have been adamant that they will match any offer given the small forward. Ndiaye told that Batum feels that hed fit better in Minnesotas motion system than in Portlands more rigid offense. On Tuesday, Batum also went on the record about his desire to leave Portland. "My first choice was, and is, Minnesota," Batum told "That's where I want to play, and that's where I want to put my family. I've got nothing against the fans (in Portland) and nothing against the city. But this is a basketball decision, and basketballwise, I want to be there (Minnesota.)." Since Batums comments, Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey has clarified his teams position and the possibility of a sign-and-trade, which would be the best way for the Timberwolves to acquire the small forward. Olshey has said that he doesnt believe that the Timberwolves have enough to give up in exchange for Batum, and he also took several swipes at Batums desire to play in Minnesota. The terms of the proposed sign-and-trade were not immediately available. Follow Joan Niesen on Twitter.

Blazers will match offers for Batum

Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey says the team will match any offers for French swingman Nicolas Batum. Olshey's comments came Wednesday after speculation the team might be working on a sign-and-trade with Minnesota, which was interested in the restricted free agent. Olshey said he believes Batum has more value than what Minnesota would be able to offer. ...

Batum will get Wolves' offer Sunday

MINNEAPOLIS On Friday evening, the Minnesota Timberwolves completed what appeared to be the final step in clearing enough salary cap space to sign restricted free-agent small forward Nicolas Batum to an offer sheet. However, a league technicality will impede them from doing so until 5 p.m. ET Sunday. After releasing small forward Martell Webster and trading center Brad Miller to...

Batum Confirms Desire To Play For T-Wolves

Nicolas Batum admitted his preference is to leave Portland for the Timberwolves.

Batum Seen As Timberwolves' Missing Piece

David Khan referred to Nicolas Batum as the Timberwolves' missing piece."

Wolves waive Milicic, advance pursuit of Batum

The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived center Darko Milicic and submitted a formal offer sheet in an attempt to sign Portland forward Nicolas Batum. Milicic received the amnesty designation Thursday, a one-time provision allowing a team to let a player go without his remaining contract counting against the league's salary cap or luxury tax. Owner Glen Taylor said the team expected...

Relax Portland Trail Blazers Fans, This Isn’t A Failure

  This just in:  Roy Hibbert isn’t coming to Portland.  This also just in:  The sky isn’t falling. As I write this, it’s apparent that the coveted free agent (restricted as he may be) center the Portland Trail Blazers targeted will not be a Blazer.  The restricted free agent (Nicolas Batum) they currently hold the [...]

Minnesota Timberwolves Signed Nicolas Batum to Invalid Offer Sheet

David KahnPhoto Credit: David Kahn, the GM of the Minnesota Timberwolves, is known mostly as Bill Simmons’ punching bag and the poster-boy of incompetent general managers. Well, he didn’t do himself any favors when he signed restricted free agent Nicolas Batum to an invalid offer sheet on Thursday. When Batum signed the four-year, 46.5 million dollar deal on...

Wolves doing the math to make moves work

MINNEAPOLIS Late Tuesday evening, the announcement was in. The NBA set its salary cap at 58.044 million, the same as last season. The news was as expected, and three hours later, the league's 10-day moratorium on signing free agents ended. Free agents could officially sign, teams could officially trade players and the bureaucratic boredom should have ended. Should have is...

Slow Going Now … Fast Finish Later?

Guys, can I let you in on a little secret? I get a little bored with sports this time of year. To me it seems like nothing is really happening. Oh sure we’ve just had a lot of really exciting sports things wrap up such as Wimbledon and the NBA Draft. We also have a bunch of stuff getting ready to happen such as NFL training camps and the NBA Summer League. Right now though is there...

Sad To See Darko Go

Darko Milicic got amnestied by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday so they could create enough cap space to get Nicolas Batum, which makes sense. But it’s a shame for poor Darko, who showed flashes of being a decent player, but only scored 4.6 points per game this year. As it turns out, this video is the defining moment of Darko’s time in Minnesota.

Northwest Division : Free Agent Signings and Trades

A couple days ago was the 1st day that Free Agents are allowed to sign with their teams, but most of the signing were known then. This has also been a crazy off-season with many high profile trades. Check out all the moves so far from the teams in the Northwest Division. Denver Nuggets - The Nuggets signed guard Andre Miller to a three year contract. Other than that...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.