General Manager Neil Olshey, Director of College Scouting Chad Buchanan and salary cap specialist Joe Cronin met with Batum and his agent Bouna N'Diaye this afternoon to discuss his future.
They told him that they have every intention to keep him in a Blazer uniform--that they'll have no interest in a sign-and-trade with another interested team and they'll be matching any offer he receives. (The Oregonian was the first to report).
"We told Nic, it is in his best interest to resign with us," said new Blazers GM Neil Olshey.
Of course, there's been no verbal agreement between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Batum and now their likley won't be one. The Wolves could of course call Portland's bluff and make him a really rich offer...then again, they could end up paying Batum $15million a year for the next four!
The Trailblazers are the only team that can offer Nicolas a five-year contract, while all other teams can only make a four-year offer.
Kahn had the majority of his 'eggs' in the 'Batum Basket' and now it's clear he'll have to move ahead with the dredded plan B. What's Kahn's Plan B? God only knows!
However, David Kahn did speak with Willie Green's agent today and will do the same with Greg Stiemsma's on Friday.
I pray that Minnesota's 2012 offseason moves consist of trading for Chase Budinger and signing Willie Green & Greg Stiemsma.
Needless, to say, I'm very intrigued with what David Kahn will do next...wait and see, I suppose.
Until then, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!