The Timberwolves will not have Nicolas Batum playing for them this season. Portland matched the 4-year $46 Million offer sheet the Wolves signed restricted free agent Batum to. The Wolves tried to workout a sign and trade deal last week with Portland but no deal could be struck. Batum is a 23-year old 6'8 small forward who averaged 13.9 points a game with the Blazers in 2011-2012.
The Timberwolves/Nicolas Batum saga will finally come to an end this week. The Wolves signed Batum to a 4-year $46 Million offer sheet Sunday night. Portland has until 11pm (CT) Wednesday to match the offer or lose him to Minnesota. Batum is a 23-year old 6-8 small forward who averaged 13.9 points a game with Portland in 2011-2012.
The Timberwolves continued their pursuit of restricted free agent small forward Nicolas Batum from Portland. The Wolves spent much of Wednesday trying to work out a sign and trade deal with Portland. Portland General Manager Neil Olshey says the Wolves don't have the value they are looking for in trade and would match any offer the Wolves put together in a offer sheet.
The Timberwolves have agreed to sign Russian free agent combo guard Alexey Shved. Shved is considered a playmaker who has been playing professionally in Russia. He is 23 and will be 24 in December. Shved helped Russa qualify for the Olympics with a win over Nigeria on Saturday.
The Timberwolves have come to a agreement to unrestricted free agent shooting guard Brandon Roy on a 2-year $10 Million contract. Roy is coming out of retirement at age 27 after retiring with chronic knee problems. He received some treatment oversees and is attempting a comeback. Roy is a 6'6 211 shooting guard who averaged 19 points and 4 rebounds a game throughout his career.
The Timberwolves had 6'8 guard/forward Nicolas Batum visit Minnesota Sunday night. He is a restricted free agent from Portland. Batum averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds a game in 2011-2012. He is considered a defensive specialist. The Timberwolves are expected to offer him a 4-year $50 Million contract. If he signs a contract with the Wolves the Trailblazers would have 3 days to match that offer.
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