HoopsHype Nicolas Batum rumors

December 21, 2014 Updates

While Batum is grateful for the way things turned out, he still believes the decision to sign that offer sheet was the smartest route for him back in the summer of 2012. “At the time when I signed [Minnesota’s offer sheet], it was different,” Batum said. “We had no coach, I didn’t know Damian [Lillard] back at the time. And Minnesota was a different situation. They had Kevin Love, Rick Adelman, Ricky Rubio that was the way it was set up really. Now that I see the way we play, how I am right now with Terry Stotts, I’m glad I’m here now.” Basketball Insiders

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Paul Garcia: Hearing Nicolas Batum will be out tonight. Wasn't at Stotts' session, but heard from one who was. Twitter @PaulGarciaPS

The Trail Blazers' starting small forward did not practice Thursday night, when the team went through a brief workout at the AT&T Center, and is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the San Antonio Spurs. His availability will be determined Friday night after -- and if -- Batum tests his ailing body during the Blazers' pregame warmup. If Thursday offered any indication, it's hard to envision Batum stepping on the court any time soon. He has a bruised left knee and a bruised right wrist and he said Thursday he couldn't bend his knee or move his wrist, byproducts of that nasty Wednesday night tumble. "Better," Batum said, when asked how he was feeling. "My head is better. I land on my face, but I'm OK. My left knee, my right wrist are the most painful spots." Oregonian

December 18, 2014 Updates

Batum looks around the league, hears everyone already discussing the free agency of Kevin Durant. They’ll both fall in 2016, yet Batum believes he and Durant are made of the same disposition with different external temperaments. Durant’s been swarmed with questions about his future with the Oklahoma City Thunder. For Batum, the case is simple: Why leave Portland? “I still have time and I like low key so there’s no reason to think yet, but why not stay in Portland?” Batum told RealGM. “I’ve been here for seven years now, so why not?” RealGM

And so Batum went for 35 and 27 points in the final two games of the World Cup to give France the bronze medal, and he noticed his Portland teammates urging him in training camp: Shoot, Nic. Shoot. “I try to do everything on the court, but I know I got to be more aggressive,” Batum told RealGM. “The team needs it. Everybody’s pushing me here. When Tony Parker didn’t play with us this summer, Boris Diaw and I had to step up our games. That was a cool learning experience for me. Here, we’re all young and I would like to be the guy for LaMarcus and Damian. I would like that a lot. But I know I need to be aggressive, and it is coming.” RealGM

December 17, 2014 Updates

Every summer, his old French buddies return to their native country for the national team’s training camp and words of the practices in San Antonio, of the culture and free-flowing system, fascinate Batum. Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and San Antonio gave Batum and the Portland Trail Blazers a clinic in the Western Conference semifinal playoff series last season, and Batum pondered how he could play for those Spurs amid all the connected passes for wide-open shots, all the cuts and drives born of the sport’s fundamentals. As Batum thought aloud, “Yeah, maybe I could. Maybe.” Batum wasn’t looking outside Portland, but rather gauged his fit on a champion, any title winner, really. RealGM

November 19, 2014 Updates

Nicolas Batum's treatment for a right knee injury hasn't simply involved rest, ice and patience. It also has featured two Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, The Oregonian has learned. According to a source with knowledge of Batum's injury and treatment, the Trail Blazers' starting small forward spent last Monday in a Vancouver doctor's office receiving two rounds of PRP injections in his right knee. The nonsurgical procedure, which first became well known in Portland during the Brandon Roy era, is a process that involves extracting a patient's blood, running it through a centrifuge -- which separates red blood cells from platelets -- and re-injecting the resulting fluid into the injured area, in this case Batum's right knee. Oregonian

A source close to Batum said his injury isn't simply a right bone contusion, though the source could not state exactly what the ailment is. That said, there are no concerns about the long-term health of his knee and Batum is on pace to return to the starting lineup Friday, when the Blazers host the Chicago Bulls at the Moda Center. Oregonian

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Prior to Tuesday night’s game versus the Charlotte Bobcats at the Moda Center, Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum took questions from the media regarding his status after sustaining a right knee contusion near the end of Sunday night’s 116-100 victory versus the Nuggets. “I tried to jump but somebody kicked my knee,” said Batum. “Kind of twisted a little bit. It felt like a big hit on my knee. I’ll be okay.” Forward Center

“It could be worse,” said Batum. “We thought it was going to be worse than that when that happened. The first thing when the doctor saw that, yeah, they were pretty worried. It’s scary, it swelled a little bit but I’m okay. Forward Center

November 11, 2014 Updates

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