Wolves Make Push For Batum, Others





HOUSTON – It sure doesn’t look like the Timberwolves will be content to just tread water until Ricky Rubio returns from his ACL injury. The promising team that appeared headed for a playoff berth when their star point guard went down in March is aggressively attacking free agency.

The Wolves are evidently getting ready to extend a four-year, $50-million offer to Portland swingman Nic Batum. But that’s just a start in Minnesota.

After the Wolves brass of owner Glen Taylor, G.M. David Kahn and coach Rick Adelman traveled to Seattle over the weekend to meet with retired guard Brandon Roy, that visit was enough to land Minny on a list of five finalists along with Chicago, Dallas, Indiana and Golden State.

The team also has plans to meet with Lakers free agent power forward Jordan Hill and are said to be trying to put together a trade with L.A. that could land Pau Gasol. Boston center Greg Stiemsma was flown into Minneapolis for a visit on Sunday morning.

But all indications are that Batum is the one on the front burner, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

Batum, 23, was scheduled to fly from his home in France to Minneapolis to meet with team owner Glen Taylor, president of basketball operations David Kahn and coach Rick Adelman all of whom flew to Seattle to meet with retired two-time All-Star and unrestricted free agent Brandon Roy on Friday.

Batum presumably would give the Wolves what they still lack after drafting Johnson fourth overall in 2010 and trading that same summer for Michael Beasley, whose two seasons with the team ended Saturday when he became an unrestricted free agent after he did not receive an $8.1 million qualifying offer. Batum is a versatile perimeter player who can handle the ball, defend and shoot the three-pointer while playing both forward and guard positions.

He’s also a freaky athlete with really long arms. The Blazers likely will match any offer, although their discussions to offer Indiana restricted free-agent center Roy Hibbert a maximum $58 million contract could complicate their decision.

After getting a taste of being in the playoff race last season, the Wolves looking to take a full bite even while they wait for Rubio to recover.


69 Comments

  1. get the free dumps on sql

  2. Josh says:

    The Blazers will match any Batum offer. Paul Allen has too deep of pockets for this player he loves. I can see Indy not matching. And they reported the Blazers have reached out to Chauncy Billups. If everything worked out how it’s supposed to the Blazer roster would be:
    PG: Chauncy Billups, Damian Lillard, Armon Johnson
    SG: Wesley Matthews, Elliot Williams, Will Barton
    SF: Nic Batum, Luke Babbit
    PF: LaMarcus Aldridge, JJ Hickson
    C: Roy Hibbert, Meyers Leonard

    2nd place NW division.

  3. kmoney612 says:

    This is how its goin go #1 Portland dont match that rich offer #2 Pau age 32 comes along with sign and trade PFJHill 4 D-Will age 21 who will fit perfect running along kobe and coming back2 hishome n Cali along with the 2013 #1 2014 #2 round picks and PGLuke Rid and Wes Johnson age 24 boom done #3 sign SGROY and or SGCrawford cause either i think can start or come off bench and be just fine and that makes a western conf finals of OKC and my Wovles who havent been there since the BIG Ticket KG21 took us there when my fav sports memory of all time my Wovles took out SAC in gm7 in overtime at home and KG21 jumped on scores table pumping his fist and waving a towel Wovles fans r hungary and need this and that leaves #9PGRUBIO,SGROYrCRAWFORD,SFBATUM,#42PFLOVE,#16CPAU Bench PGBarea,SGROYr Crawford;SFBudinger;PFHill,CPEK and the 3rd big man in CMILLI Wheww and were BACK!!!!!!

  4. chitown says:

    Batum won’t really turn this team into a playoff team in the West. He can stretch the floor and play defense. In the Western Confrence, having a good SF who can play D is crucial because of Kevin Durant. But his scoring is limited, the Twolves need scoring. Which is why they are making a run for Brandon Roy. Getting Pau Gasol in a sign and trade with Michael Beasley is a possiblity. But do the Lakers want a player as troubled as Beasley? We don’t know. If you get a player like Batum, you’re basically getting an upgrade in defense. The scoring has to be there and if they get Brandon Roy, that could fill the void.

  5. D Lion says:

    The line-up of PG Rubio, SG Roy, SF Batum, PF Love, and C Gasol/Pekovic would be a formidable one to say the least. And if Wolves could sign Crawford too, that would be even better for them. However, I think the Blazers should retain Batum at ALL COSTS, especially if the Hibbert deal falls through. I know a lot of people say Batum is not worth more than $10M, and I would agree…Batum is probably not worth $12.5M for 2012-13. But Batum could very well be worth at least that in a few years, and if Portland releases him only to see his career escalate somewhere else, that would be too much to take. Portland needs to bite the bullet now and dig a little deeper in their pocket to keep Batum. On the other hand, if Portland does land Hibbert, then the Blazers are looking at PG Lillard, SG Matthews, SF Batum, PF Aldridge, and C Hibbert, a force to be reckoned with. Not having Batum in that lineup would leave a gap that Portland would have nobody with which to fill other than Babbitt, who has not improved enough to be a starter. Portland needs to pay extra for Batum because 1) it will be worth it in a few years, and 2) Batum brings more to the overall team than can be measured in his individual performance alone.

    • D Lion says:

      For clarity, my monetary figures were per year ($10M Per year)

      And I really like both teams a lot (PDX is my fav.), and I expect some fun Blazers vs. Wolves games next year :-D

  6. Raptorsfan101 says:

    I am a big raptors fan, and I think the raps will get either Nicholas Batum, or Andrei Kirilenko.

    1st Possible lineup 2nd Possible lineup

    Nash Nash
    DeRozan DeRozan
    Batum Kirlienko
    Barganani Barganini
    Valununias Valununcias

    All the t-wolves fan will ne happy when Batum goes to Minnesota but Batum would be a better fit in T-dot. Our lineup may not be as strong as the T- Wolves lineup but we have more coming up players who are more defensive and more hardworking

  7. Twinz says:

    Here is what the TWolves line up could be for the year 2012.
    PG: Ricky Rubio
    SG: Ray Allen
    SF Nicolas Batum
    PF: Kevin Love
    C: Pau Gasol

  8. RipCity says:

    If the Wolves get Gasol, it will more than likely be for Derrick Williams and Nikolav Pekovic. Beasley is no longer on the Wolves. Although a lot of you may not know about him, Pekovic is the better player right now of the two (him and Williams). He’s a bull in the paint and super strong. If the Lakers wanted to add toughness down low, this is the perfect guy for that. And Williams has a ton of potential. Would be a nice trade for both teams.

    Batum averaged 13 a game with stellar defense, and he’s only 23 years old…why isn’t he worth $50 million?! He’s only going to get better, especially playing under Rick Adelman (remember a Euro SF who could shoot that played for him in Sacramento? PEJA). Plus, I am reading people on here say that Batum is not the answer. The thing is, he doesn’t have to be the answer….Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio are. Those are the cornerstones and the stars. Batum would be a huge piece added to the puzzle and so would Gasol.

    It’s not a matter of finding stars for the Wolves at this point, they’ve got those in Love and Rubio. It’s a matter of finding good supporting players around them to make this an elite team. If they traded for Gasol, Rubio comes back healthy, and they signed Batum and Roy, this team will be a Top 4 seed in the West and could compete with OKC for the conference crown. Book it.

    • Ace Diedrich says:

      I don’t think you could say it any better. Hit everything that needed to be brought up from this conversation and the T’wolves are trying make moves for future and now. Batum and Gasol great pieces and what they need. Also letting beasley and randolph go is the perfect thing to do, definately not needed on this team going forward.

  9. Ace Diedrich says:

    Here is what i think. These are the starting line ups we should be comparing. What do you think about the different line-ups and i know there will be more bench but this is the main pieces.

    Rubio Rubio Rubio
    Batum Batum Batum
    Budinger Budinger Williams
    Love Love Love
    Peko Pau Peko

    BENCH
    Williams Roy Roy
    Roy Budinger

    • Ace Diedrich says:

      Here is what i think. These are the starting line ups we should be comparing. What do you think about the different line-ups and i know there will be more bench but this is the main pieces. sorry about above post didnt post how I thought it would.

      Rubio Batum Budinger Love Peko Bench- Roy, Williams

      Rubio Batum Budinger Love Pau Bench- Roy Peko

      Rubio Batum Williams Love Peko Bench- Budinger Roy

      Rubio Roy Batum Love Peko Bench- Budinger Williams

      Rubio Roy Batum Love Pau Bench- Budinger Peko

  10. KnickerBocker says:

    This will go perfect for both teams. blazers get hibbert with a dynamic duo(Lamarcus) wolves get a decent starter although over payed and a underrated superstar because retirement. even though he’s fresh cuase a year break andthey already had an playoff team so now they’re championship caliber

  11. John says:

    Cant wait to see Gasol playing along side with RUBIO!!!

  12. Herr says:

    Lol. According to his Twitter, Nico wants nothing to do with being moved from Portland. According to insider reports, Blazers want nothing to do with him leaving Portland. Sorry Wolves fans, you still got another year of being an easy win for the opposing team. Only way Portland loses Batum is if they decide to not over-pay him, which they might decide, but the Wolves would be wasting money. They can’t even make the playoffs with Love still being a stat-padder. Rubio also isn’t going to be a future top 5 PG in this league.

    These blogs are made simply to add hype to wandering deals. Portland will match when Hibbert gets signed.

    • The french baller says:

      Richy rubio is the next rondo

    • Bball12 says:

      LOL at you, Herr. Easy win for opposing teams? Wolves took 2 of 3 from San Antonio, Dallas, and PORTLAND! Lost by two in a crazy game with Miami. Lost 3 to OKC, but two of those were by 5 or less pt and the other was an OT loss. Rubio isn’t going to be a top 5 pg? Wolves went 5-20 after his injury and they still finished only two games behind Portland. He was a huge difference maker last season despite his poor shooting. If you knew anything about the wolves you would know what a difference a shooting, ball handling wing would make for this team. Don’t comment on things you know nothing about.

    • Ben H. says:

      I agree about Batum, but Rubio will be an elite PG if he stays healthy. He has to much talent not to. Look at the T-Wolves last year before he was injured, and then look at them after. He is a talented player who can see the floor very well, plus he’s unselfish. Coaches dream…

    • D Lion says:

      I disagree about Rubio; he has a really well-polished game and he worked really well with the team. But even if he’s not a top 5 PG in a few years, he does the job. Take a look at Miami. They won with Chalmers at the 1 spot, and Rubio is definitely better than Chalmers. It’s all about how the pieces fit together…

  13. Rob says:

    I’ll pick Batum over Beasley every time

  14. jamonte says:

    laker would be good if they get riky and batum for gasol and sessions

  15. The french baller says:

    Nicolas batum is slowly becoming one best SF in the nba
    Top 10 right now:
    1 lebron james
    2 kevin durant
    3 carmelo anthony
    4 Rudy gay
    5 luol deng
    6 Andre iguodala
    7 danny granger
    8 paul pierce
    9 Nicolas batum
    10 danilo gallinari

  16. oby says:

    he played several years already, did not prove anything, did not even showed he’s capable to be no.2 guy. not worth the money he’s giving, theres only 1 reason for him not to let go, and that is because he can be traded for a much better player get payed that much.

  17. lakermig says:

    what can the timberwolves give us fro pau gasol ????

  18. Fefe (Nets) says:

    Players here really don’t know how good Batum is. Yes I think that 50 millions, meaning 12.5M/year on average, is bit too much (I would have seen more a 4-year, 40million dollars, 10M/season). But he is very good, has already NBA experience, and is ONLY 24!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You will see him also in London for the French squad, where he’ll have a bigger role than in Portland and you’ll see his true quality.

    As Jared said earlier, the following Starting Five as following would be awesome:
    PG- RUBIO
    SG – ROY
    SF – BATUM
    PF – LOVE
    C – GASOL

    But Nikola Pekovic is one of my fav young & upcoming player and I hope that the T-Wolves keeps him.
    I wish to see:

    PG – RUBIO
    SG – ROY
    SF – BATUM
    PF – LOVE
    C – PEKOVIC

    It will make the Wolves a contender again in the rugged Western Conference.

  19. DEM BLAZERS says:

    blazers next season:

    PG: Damien Lillard
    SG: Wesley Mathews
    SF: Nico Batum
    PF: LaMarcus Aldridge
    C: Meyers Leonard

  20. Raptors says:

    I think Raptors teem need good shooter Bathum will be great adition.

  21. rubioooooo says:

    well i dont think that they should trade for pau.pekovic had an amazing year and i believe derick williams is going to be an all star in this league.batum would be a great adittion,he can play sg and sf,he is extremely athletic and a good shooter (i hope the blazers dont match the offer) so what we need is jordan hill as a back up f/c and to use amnesty clause on milicic.roy is a risk,but worth taking i believe

  22. Bob says:

    50mil for a young player does not make sense in this new CBA. That big salary is for a bona fide All Star, a key piece in the team. I really like Batum’s game and he has a lot of upside, but he has to prove that upside….before getting the All Star deal. That would strangle the cap for the Wolves, too. And, if he gets injured again, it will be very hard to move that contract. I would spend the money on Jamal Crawford before Batum. That is not a slight on Batum, but Jamal comes in and scores in bunches. That is what the Wolves need to prioritize now.

  23. BRADON ROY IS ONE OF MY FAV PLAYERS BUT IM SORRY HES DONE I DONT THINK HIM COMING BACK IS A GOOD CHOICE FOR HIM OR FOR ANY TEAM THAT PICKS HIM UP ITS SAD TO NO THAT HIS NBA DAYS ARE UP AT SO YOUNG BUT HES KNEE IS BONE ON BONE AND HE CAN FURTHER INJURY HIMSELF I DOUBT HE STILL CAN BE ANYTHING WHAT HE USE TO

  24. I DOUBT THE LAKERS WILL GET HUSTLED OUT OF GASOL THE LAKERS ARE THE BIGGEST HUSTLING TIME INTHE NBA THERES NO WAY KOBE WILL LET THE WOLVES GET GASOL UNLESS IT ENDS UP IN A 3 TEAM TRADE OR A 4 TEAM TRADE WERE LAKERES CHEAT ALL 4 TEAMS OUT THE TRADE ANYWAY WERE THE LAKERS WILL END UP WIT MORE MONEY AND A BETTER SPOT THERES NO WAY THAT FRANCHISE WILL LET YOU PUT KOBE IN JEOPADY OF NOT MAKING THE PLAYOFFS SO IF GASOL LEAVES IM SURE LAKERS WILL PROLLY END UP WIT DWIGHT HOWARD AND OR A GREAT POINT GUARD

    • aidan124 says:

      Guessing you’re trolling. Any Gasol Trade will involve webster and Miller’s expiirng contracts, and maybe milicic or someone they can buy out (I believe they can milicic). If LA keep Gasol the luxury tax payments are wayyyyyy too high to be sustainable in the new deal. Sorry but if Gasol doesn’t leave someone else will.

  25. Borisdiaw3d says:

    I can read that some of you are still seing the Bat as not worthing this money. This player has been furstrated in defense roles by his coach during the last 2 years. He is an oustanding athlete and he has a tremendous potential! He is maybe and by far the most athletic European player with speed and jump. He is also able to defend well and shoots very well. Just need to be coached by someone who will give him credit for what he is. A tremendously talented player and the rest will come. I can tell you, if Adelman wants this guy you can be certain than the guy is a true basketball player!!!!

  26. eddie57 says:

    $50M???????????

  27. eddie57 says:

    Batum is not worth $50M over 4 years. He isn’t that good. Way overpaid if someone gives him that.

  28. Cord says:

    They would be really lucky to land Gasol, what are they going to part with???? Derrick Williams , JJ Barea and a few No 1 picks???? I do like the strategy of trading for Batum, they need some defense and a true 3 that they can depend on, then add B Roy off the bench for firepower.

  29. Houston says:

    Perfect!!!!!!!!!

    2013 Timberwolves Starting Lineup

    PG. RUBIO
    SG. ROY
    SF. BATUM
    PF. LOVE
    C. GASOL

  30. Robert says:

    If the goal is to contend for a title, Nicholas Batum is NOT the answer. He’s a good ROLE player who can stretch the floor and play some defense. Four years, $50 million is ridiculous for a marginal role player. A rejuvenated Brandon Roy would be much better (and maybe less costly), and there is no way they are getting Pau Gasol with the limited pieces they can offer (Beasley? Derrick Williams? J.J. Barea?)

    • TTKIN says:

      That wouldnt be so bad for LA. Let’s say they got those 3 players you mentioned, all of a sudden, LA has a starting 4 (albeit not as good as Gasol clearly), they get speed in Barea, young legs, athleticism, and the biggest plus…they get a deeper bench.

      I am one of those Laker fans who thinks Gasol has been unfairly blamed for a lot of the failures (although some criticisms were deserved). Although I dont think he is the main reason for failure the last 2 years, I still think he is the one they should trade, only because they get the most back with him. Trading Kobe will never happen and why trade the second best center in the game, particularly when he’s only 24 and you have the potential to lock him into a Laker uniform for life? And those 3 players you mentioned would help a lot of the areas the Lakers need to improve.

    • brian says:

      if beasley and williams go to the lakers im not gonna be happy. they were a couple of my favorite collage players. dont know why things arent workin out for them. but if they go to the lakers they will be hated. GO SAC KINGS!

      • TTKIN says:

        I wont be happy or sad about it as a Laker fan. Everyone knows the Lakers wont win anything while Kobe is on the roster eating almost 30 million a year, so I’ll start getting excited when Kobe retires (I feel like Im blaspheming).

        It would be fun to ressurect those Kings/Lakers serieses of the early 2000s though. Honestly, I hope you guys stay in SAC, that city has been great for that team, loudest building in the NBA during the early century, but the owners dont give a flying fffffff about the team so hopefully they dont screw over the franchise too bad.

      • mk says:

        i’m still optimistic about dwill. he’s just turned 21. beasley can’t function in a team game.

  31. newyorksteelo says:

    :)

  32. steve says:

    They better not go after Laker players. I never want to see any of them on any of my teams. Get Batum and Roy. That would be the best for the team

  33. charles says:

    Batum would be an exceptional addition to wolves.

  34. Paidonjok says:

    Portland’s going after overrated Hibbert. This team has no idea what they are doing….

    • TTKIN says:

      It’s part of their gameplan. The way the Blazers play requires a Center locked in the post, that’s why they went after Oden, then after Camby a couple years ago. They just need the big man down low. Good Centers are more rare than good wingmen.

      • redowl says:

        What do they run in Portland? I rarely had a chance to watch, and when I did the team looked lethargic. Like a dog with his nuts clipped. This was just before Nate Mcmillan was fired. with Felton, Aldridge, Mathews, and Batum they could have played up-tempo

  35. Jared says:

    I’m a blazer fan but the timberwolves would be good with
    PG: Ricky Rubio
    SG: Brandon Roy( Even if he’s not back into all-star form thats good)
    SF Nicolas Batum
    PF: Kevin Love
    C: Pau Gasol

  36. nico batum, welcome to the love land

  37. Blazers says:

    THe blazers better not let Batum go. That would be almost as bad as drafting Oden.

    • TTKIN says:

      What is a bigger mistake, Oden or Bowie?

    • franksbeans says:

      not a big loss, I wouldnt resign him for that much, Twolves are gonna waaaay over pay what hes worth, not saying hes a bad player just not worth 12+ mil a year