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Old 07-06-12, 03:47 AM
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Battle for Batum just went to Defcon 4

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The Trail Blazers delivered a direct and emphatic message to free agent Nicolas Batum during a downtown meeting Thursday afternoon: Batum will remain with the Blazers. A trio of Blazers executives, led by general manager Neil Olshey, met with Batum and agent Bouna Ndiaye and told the 23-year-old forward that they intend to keep him in a Blazers uniform no matter what other teams offer him or propose to the team in trades. "We told Nic that it is in his best interests to sign with us," Olshey said.
Trail Blazers tell Nicolas Batum they intend to keep him | OregonLive.com

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Jon Krawzynski: APNewsBreak: Timberwolves agree to terms with Batum on 4-year, $45M offer sheet with bonuses that can push it past $50M. Batum wants MN. Twitter

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Darren Wolfson: Batum was here for 2 days. Came in w/ his wife/agent. Agent spent a lot of time with Kahn. Batum/wife had dinner with Taylor/wife. #twolves Twitter

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Jon Krawczynski: Ndiaye: Batum "had a great feel with coach Rick Adelman and Nicolas thinks this is a system that will fit him." #Twolves Twitter

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Jon Krawczynski: Batum's agent tells AP that Batum respects PTO team, fans, "but his choice, his heart went to Mpls." Hopes Blazers don't match. Twitter

And The Latest...

John Canzano
@JohnCanzanoBFT

Vulcan source: Paul Allen "livid" with Minnesota's pursuit of Nic Batum. Feels they're in this only to drive Portland's price higher.
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