Clippers in driver's seat for Nicolas Batum but Lakers, Bulls, Celtics, Suns and Jazz also interested

Clippers in driver's seat for Nicolas Batum but Lakers, Bulls, Celtics, Suns and Jazz also interested

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Clippers in driver's seat for Nicolas Batum but Lakers, Bulls, Celtics, Suns and Jazz also interested

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Nicolas Batum is declining his $3.3 million player option to hit free agency, but it is widely expected that he will re-sign a new two-year deal, league sources told Yahoo Sports. It is anticipated that the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz will have strong interest in trying to pry away the 14-year veteran from Clipper Land, sources said. But the Clippers are in the driver’s seat, sources said.
Source: Chris Haynes @ Yahoo! Sports

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
New @FrontOfficeShow is up! @Trevor_Lane & I talk Kyrie (Lakers???), Harden, Options (Tucker, Batum, Connaughton), Hornets and even Ja Raffe! Watch, like & subscribe below. 18K subscribers soon!
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Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New: The #Celtics reportedly have interest in Nicolas Batum once free agency opens up next week. What can they offer him and how does that stack up against other potential suitors?…1:32 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Clippers forward Nicolas Batum expected to receive interest from Lakers, Jazz, Suns, Celtics and Bulls in free-agency, but anticipation is he’s leaning toward re-signing on a new two-year deal, league sources tell @YahooSports.…12:59 PM
The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Nicolas Batum will have interest from multiple teams, including the Lakers and Celtics, in free agency, league sources told @Chris Haynes.
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Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Source: Wizards star Bradley Beal will decline his $36.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season and become an unrestricted free agent this summer, @Jorge Sierra has learned. More on Beal’s future, Bobby Portis, Nicolas Batum, and others in the story.…10:24 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Nicolas Batum opting out of Clippers contract…9:00 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Sources: Nicolas Batum plans to decline player option, interest remains for a return to Clippers on new deal…9:32 AM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Nicolas Batum to opt-out and seek a new contract with the Los Angeles Clippers #NBA…9:24 AM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Nicolas Batum to opt out of $3.3 million contract to become free agent…9:23 AM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Nicolas Batum has not yet made his decision on his player option, but the plan will be for him to decline it, a source close to rhe situation tells @TheAthletic. Batum has until June 29 to make his final decision. – 9:08 AM

More on this storyline

The Clippers can offer him a higher annual rate through his Early Bird Rights. Rival NBA executives who spoke with HoopsHype believe Batum could command an average annual salary of $10 million. -via HoopsHype / June 22, 2022
Andrew Greif: Nico Batum is indeed expected to decline his player option, as @Adrian Wojnarowski first noted. The surprise, from every public indication from Batum, would be if he left LAC. April 15: “I love it here. That coach, those guys. I mean, it’s tough today, but it’s going to be fun next year” -via Twitter @AndrewGreif / June 21, 2022
Adrian Wojnarowski: Clippers F Nic Batum will decline his $3.3M player option and become a free agent, sources tell ESPN. There’s expected to be mutual interest with Clippers and Batum on reaching a new deal in July. -via Twitter @wojespn / June 21, 2022

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