Haynes: Timberwolves Make 'Serious Offer' To RFA Nicolas Batum
By caseyholdahl Posted in: freeagency, NicolasBatum
I've been hearing for a few months that the Timberwolves were interested in acquiring restricted free agent Nicolas Batum, and early this morning, according to Chris B. Haynes
of Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Minnesota has taken steps to do just that.
Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent forward, Nicolas Batum, has been contacted by the Minnesota Timberwolves and what is being called a "serious offer," has been made and discussed and the two sides will meet in Minnesota later today to deliberate on it further, according to a source very close to the situation.
The detailed figures that are being mulled over is a four-year, $45-50 million deal.
Haynes also notes Batum will meet with the Hornets (no surprise there
considering Batum's relationship with New Orleans head coach Monty
Williams) and the Raptors.
I had thought Minnesota's interest in signing Nic might after cooled after the Timberwolves traded the No. 18 pick in last week's draft to the Rockets (which, somewhat coincidentally, was used on Portland product Terrence Jones) in exchange for Chase Budinger
, but sounds like that's not the case. The money is about what I would have expected.
The Timberwolves do have an interesting young core with Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic playing in head coach Rick Adelman's offensive-oriented system. They did not extend the qualifying offer to Micheal Beasley
and Wes Johnson has been considered somewhat of a disappointment in his first two seasons, so it's not hard to understand why Minnesota would have a run at Batum.
The Timberwolves have also reportedly met with Brandon Roy
, who Batum has great fondness for, about playing next season. Bill Bayno, who was close with both Roy and Batum (Bayno took over working out Batum after Williams left for New Orleans) joined Adelman's staff at the start of last season, which might have something to do with Minnesota's new found interest in current and former Trail Blazers.
Neil Olshey, and the organization in general, has been steadfast in saying keeping Batum would be a top priority. A formal offer can't be made until July 11, after which the Trail Blazers would have three days to match of Batum accepted Minnesota's offer, or that of any other team.