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Minnesota courted him heavily, and Batum said he became sold after spending several days with Adelman. "He was the right coach for me, that was the main reason - coach Adelman,'' Batum said. "But now, I don't regret it, because the way we play, and the direction of the franchise. I'm good with it. I'm good now.'' Oregonian

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Aldridge and Batum started the game, but suffered injuries in the first half and didn't return to action after halftime. Aldridge appeared to re-injure his left thumb when Memphis' Tony Allen reached in and attempted a steal in the first quarter. Aldridge has been playing with torn ligaments in his left thumb since late January. He scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds in the first half. Batum tweaked his back in the first half and did not return to the game. He was 0-for-4 with two rebounds in 15:19 before leaving the game with an injury. X-Rays on Aldridge's left hand came back negative. Oregonian

March 10, 2015 Updates

So Batum has decided to play for the French National Team this summer, when it will try to defend its EuroBasket Championship on native soil in August. The move will be surprising to some, considering the Blazers' small forward acknowledged last month that he has felt "fatigue" this NBA season, in part, because he overextended himself last summer. But, despite this fatigue -- which no doubt led to his subpar season -- there was never really a doubt that Batum would play internationally in 2015. "I have to fight for my country," he said. Oregonian

Even though Batum will play for Team France, he says, he will do a number of things differently, will find a variety of ways to rest and get away from basketball. When the Blazers season ends, he will take a few weeks off to relax and let his body heal and he will not play or practice with the French national team until August. Batum has been invited to take part in an NBA-sponsored Basketball Without Borders trip to South Africa on Aug. 1, after which he will begin ramping up his preparation for EuroBasket. Oregonian

He even has vowed to treat that differently. He and France officials will manage his practice and recovery time and monitor his minutes, just as they do with veteran players like Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Noah. The goal is to scale back Batum's demands and enhance his maintenance -- all of which no doubt will thrill Blazers coach Terry Stotts. Oregonian

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I expect the Toronto Raptors to make a hard push for a power forward who can score more easily than the Amir Johnson/Patrick Patterson combo, but it would surprise me if Masai Ujiri can pull something off. But also keep this in mind about Ujiri: He has been trying to get his hands on Nicolas Batum for ages, and he will give up just about anything to land the French forward. SheridanHoops

January 31, 2015 Updates

"You know, it wasn't easy for him," Nicolas Batum said. "I can understand how frustrated he (was) because he deserved to be on the All-Star team. I think he played great anyway tonight. He played his game. He didn't make a lot of shots, but he played hard for 48 minutes and he was out there trying to win this game. So it was the same Dame that he always is." Oregonian

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Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum said he has been playing with a torn ligament in his right wrist since Dec. 17, when he fell after making a dunk against Milwaukee. Batum missed the next game, Dec. 19 at San Antonio, then played in the next two games before sitting out the Dec. 23 game at Oklahoma City. He said he has aggravated the injury several times - usually when he falls to the court. On Thursday against Boston, it was a third quarter fall that took him out of the game and ultimately led to him missing Saturday's 103-96 victory over Washington. Oregonian

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