HoopsHype Nicolas Batum rumors

August 20, 2013 Updates

"For the rest of the summer it was nothing. I had his number, texting, calling, all that. The next training camp, he gets back, I don't talk to him. I didn't talk to him until the second game of the year, all through training camp, media day, I didn't say a word to him. He was asking Joe, 'What's wrong with Quick? Is he mad at me? What's going on?' "Finally we talk in Oklahoma City. He had a s---- game. You can go back and look at what I wrote. He said, 'Are you mad at me?' I said, 'Yeah, you know exactly why.' He said, 'I know, even my girlfriend said it's not right. I'd never been through something like this. My agent was telling me this.' At the end, I got over it. It was just like, 'Why trust these guys? Why have faith in these guys?' If there was a guy I trusted and had faith in being a good person it was Nic. That was like, 'What am I investing so much time into this for?' I've given a lot of time to this beat, that was a real... that was when things really started shifting for me. Blazers Edge

August 13, 2013 Updates

Tony Parker and Nicholas Batum both headline the 12-man roster that France will have when they arrive in Ljubljana next month for Eurobasket. Head coach Vincent Collet has surprised many however by leaving out Leo Westermann, Evan Fournier and Kim Tille, a decision that was made by Collet on Saturday night, before the team’s first defeat of the pre-Eurobasket warm-ups to Greece. Many expected Fournier to make his senior debut this summer in Slovenia after impressing at under-20 level. He was also a major standout at last year’s Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy – where they showcase young European prospects under the watchful eye of NBA scouts. "Evan [Fournier] had little time to show us what he could do, and although in the last few games he improved and started to play more freely, it was still not enough to make us change our mind about what we had seen before," Collet explained. TalkBasket

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Despite the injury and second-half swoon, Batum justified that contract and established himself as a key piece in the Blazers' roster rebuild. "What really impressed me with Nicolas was the number of ways he can impact a game," Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said. "The three ball was always there. He can finish in transition. The chase-down blocks. But being able to play multiple positions, being able to play with the ball in his hands; he's a much more creative passer than I thought. I always knew he was a willing passer. But the creativity and the vision; he saw plays that I wasn't sure he could see." Oregonian

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Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum will miss the team's remaining two games of the season to rest his sore right shoulder, his agent Bouna Ndiaye told CSNNW.com. The 6-8 small forward had an appointment Monday morning in Los Angeles with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the surgeon who performed successful surgery to repair a torn labrum on that same shoulder in October of 2009. According to Ndiaye, Dr. ElAttrache concluded there was no further damage and that surgery was not required, but rest is. “He'll be healthy soon,” Ndiaye said. “He just needs to get some rest. The good news is there is no surgery needed. We were glad to hear that.” CSNNW.com

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The Trail Blazers' starting small forward skipped the team’s Saturday morning practice because of lingering right shoulder pain and said afterward that he would not play Sunday night, when the Dallas Mavericks visit the Rose Garden. But even though the playoffs are out of the question, even though there’s only six games left in a lost season, even though his shoulder continues to nag, he has no plans of mailing it in over the final 11 days. “The thing is, I feel bad to be sitting behind the bench and watching those guys lose,” Batum said. “I feel useless. I hate that. I have to try to keep playing. For my teammates, for my pride, for the fans. They supported us and I have to respect them. We have to play until the season is over.” Oregonian

Batum said he will be reevaluated next week and if everything goes well, he hopes to return to practice on Tuesday in preparation for the Blazers’ Wednesday night matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers at the Rose Garden. “I want to play — I want to win,” Batum said. “I don’t want the season to end like this.” Oregonian

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Batum says the pain from 1-10 is a seven, but progresses to an eight or nine throughout the course of a game, limiting his effectiveness. All he is capable of doing right now is being a facilitator and rebounding. And teams are starting to figure out that he isn't willing to shoot the ball, making his passes predictable and and ineffective. CSNNW.com

March 3, 2013 Updates

All those really nice things you said when the Wolves were wooing you last summer, was all that sincere and genuine? Nicolas Batum: Of course, I was interested by the Wolves. The way they played last year was nice. Enough people wanted to be there and play with them because Rubio was good, Kevin Love was an All-Star, Pekovic ... all those guys. And Coach Adelman, I would have liked him as a coach. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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