Wolves stuck in staredown over Batum

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 13, 2012 - 7:34 AM

After the team waived Darko Milicic, it waited for movement on its situation with the Blazers over Nicolas Batum, but none occurred.

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frnorthJul. 12, 1210:47 PM

I would have liked the kid on our team. But they (the Wolves) really came out of this as bush league. You make the offer, you have negotiations with the team he plays for. once they have rejected your best offer you let the kid sign the offer and get the clock going on the waiting period. then you either have him or you move on to plan B. Plan B would be happening tomorrow if they would have followed that simple formula. Since we didn't Plan B waits an additional three days while players like C Lee, are courted by teams who are already past plan A and on their own plan B. I don't care much for our GM.

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dmulville72Jul. 12, 1211:03 PM

Is Batum really this much of a difference maker?

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dnord35Jul. 12, 1211:22 PM

Totally agree with you frnorth. This could easily back-fire on us if Portland matches us on Batum, and then Lee/Mayo are gone by that time. Iggy might be our only hope, but we will have to pay a lot for him in terms of $$ & players. I say do it, we need a guy like him at SG. Kahnsy is at it again!!

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rdubbs2121Jul. 13, 1212:05 AM

Can you specify the part in the article where you say that the trade possibility would be dead if Batum signed an offer sheet with the Wolves and the Blazers matched? Unless there are regulations I'm not aware, it seems to me that once the Blazers sign Batum, they should be able to do whatever they want with him including trade with the Wolves. Is that incorrect?

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manoliveJul. 13, 1212:30 AM

@rdubbs2121, that is correct. Once he signs the deal and Portland matches, the deal is done. That's why the Wolves would rather do the trade than have him sign. Once he signs, Portland holds all the marbles and he can't be traded. No free agent signed in the offseason can be traded until December 15 of that year or until three months have passed (whichever comes later), a rule that prevents teams from signing free agents with the intent of using them strictly as trade fodder.

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pahasbankJul. 13, 1212:31 AM

Paul Allen is the richest owner in the league. You do not mess with the man by "calling is bluff." This is the big leagues now and David Kahn, a Portland guy is in over his head. He is the one counting down the clock but but holding at 3-2-1.5-............ Don't tug on superman's cape.

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pahasbankJul. 13, 1212:37 AM

Believe me when I tell you that Rick Adelman, another Portland guy is a great coach but you already knew that. What you do not know is that Batum is nowhere near worth 45-50 million a year. He a skilled but soft SF who has not gotten better. Maybe Adelman can get his numbers up in the offense but I think what you have in Batum is what you have. Very inconsistent. No way worth that much.

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poohrichJul. 13, 12 3:28 AM

Batum scoring averages have gone up consistently every year, and he's only 23. He has a similar skill set and position to Manu Ginobli and Andre Iguodala, is much younger, and would make less money than both. He wouldn't be a bargain, but has nice upside and could be a great third piece. We just need that 2nd piece...If we can get him, still a decent move. Might be better off cutting our losses at this point though, and sticking with the Williams, Wes Johnson, Buddinger show at small forward. If not, three days is a long time the first week of free agency

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williamdrewJul. 13, 12 4:29 AM

Batum is NOT getting 45-50 million PER YEAR. And any trade possibility dies when he signs the offer with us. It doesn't matter if Portland matches or declines. Once he signs our offer sheet, he can't be traded to us.

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lachowsjJul. 13, 12 7:19 AM

If Milicic is "a player who fell out of disfavor with Wolves coach Rick Adelman" why was he released?

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