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Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
Position: F-G
Born: 12/14/88
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:199 lbs. / 90.7 kg.
Salary: $11,860,750
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If you want an example of the type of small forward the Detroit Pistons will target when the NBA free agency period kicks off next week, take a look at Nicolas Batum. Batum was traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. The Pistons had expressed interest in Batum before the deal, according to person with knowledge of the organization’s inner workings who declined to speak publicly because of the sensitive nature of off-season maneuvering.
The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired forward Noah Vonleh and guard Gerald Henderson from the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for forward Nicolas Batum, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey. “Nic Batum was a key contributor to all of our recent success,” said Olshey. “He will truly be missed as a person and a player. We wish Nic all the best for the future.”
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Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has acquired forward Nicolas Batum from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for guard Gerald Henderson and forward Noah Vonleh. “Nicolas Batum is a very talented player whose all-around game will help our team in a variety of ways,” said Cho. “He is a quality defender and a solid outside shooter who brings versatility and playoff experience. We are excited to add him to our wing rotation.”
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His subpar, injury-plagued season be damned, Tony Parker joins Boris Diaw and former Spur Nando De Colo among 24 players named to France’s preliminary roster for EuroBasket 2015. France is the defending champion, with Parker having earned MVP honors in leading Les Bleus to their first major title at the 2013 competition. He, Diaw and fellow NBA standouts Nicolas Batum and Rudy Gobert have all pledged their intent to participate with France among four host nations.
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Will Batum be on the Blazers roster next season to avenge his bad play? He’s scheduled to make around $11.8 million for the 2015-16 season, which is the final of his four-year contract. There have been rumblings the Blazers could look to move Batum this offseason, maybe around draft time, where GM Neil Olshey promised the team would be “very active.” Asked about the possibility of being traded this offseason, Batum said: “If that happens, it happens. That’s the business, I understand that. I mean, I can’t control that. All I can control is what I put on the court. I know what I am going to do this summer is try to get better.”
Nicolas Batum knows what kind of season he had for the Trail Blazers. “Bad,” he said. “My worst year.” And he knows when the smoke clears from the Blazers’ disappointing 4-1 series loss to Memphis that he will take the brunt of the criticism. “I understand that,” Batum said. “There were huge expectations. I felt we could do something special this season, collectively and personally. So I understand. Since I signed this contract, the first two years I was OK. This one, like I said, was my first bad one. But I understand why people get mad. I’m the first one to get mad at myself.”
Batum said his girlfriend, who is of Russian and Spanish descent, fussed at him for not understanding how his message on the team card could be interpreted if presented without context. “I understand how it could get out, get around and hurt people,” Batum said. “I joked with Spanish players before and I do with French players all the time. I don’t hate Spanish people. My girlfriend is Spanish. I don’t think Marc will make a big deal about this. Worse things [are] said between France and Spain [on the court] in the summer than this was. Trust me.”
Batum confirmed Tuesday he was responsible for the part about Spanish players and that a longstanding international basketball rivalry between France and Spain was the source of the comment. He said the message was not intended as a cultural or racist insult. Portland coach Terry Stotts and several of the team’s players have said the card was never meant to be seen by media members who entered the locker room Sunday. But they also insisted nothing on the card was meant to be offensive.
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Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum has apologized for his role in a team motivational message that included an inflammatory remark about Spanish players, which was perceived as a shot at Grizzlies All-Star center Marc Gasol. “I apologize if I hurt some people,” Batum said before the Blazers practiced Tuesday at FedEx Forum. “But I have total respect for Marc Gasol. He knows that. We’ve talked about it sometimes.” Batum said his intent was never to harm Spanish people or anyone else when he contributed to a list of motivation themes the Trail Blazers posted inside the visitors’ locker room before their 100-86 loss Sunday to Memphis in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Among the messages on the laminated card was the phrase: “We don’t lose to Spanish players.”