Spurs to go after Blazers' Batum this offseason

Spurs to go after Blazers' Batum this offseason
April 25, 2012, 12:01 am
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Its been a season for change for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Former franchise player Brandon Roy retired before the start of the season due to degenerate knees. Former number one pick Greg Oden was released after undergoing another season-ending knee surgery and they dismissed Coach Nate McMillan and assistant coach Kaleb Canales was promoted to interim coach.

"That's hard to come back from, but we feel we've set a course," acting general manager Chad Buchanan said at the time of McMillans firing. "We've got a lot of room to spend this summer. We've got some really attractive draft picks. We feel good about the direction we're setting ourselves with."

With still having to hire a general manager, whoever is handling the decisions this summer will have to decide what to do with restricted free agent Nicolas Batum.

According to CSNNW.com, his price may exceed what the now rebuilding Trail Blazers are willing to spend on the 23-year-old forward.

The number Im hearing Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum will command this offseason is 10-11 per, according to a few league executives when Batum becomes a restricted free agent.

And, Im being told by multiple sources that the San Antonio Spurs will a hard push to attain the small promising small forward.

It makes sense that the Spurs would be interested in Batums services.

The four-year small forward is one of the leagues better perimeter defenders and an improving offensive player.

Aside from him being able to slip seamlessly into the Spurs system, he would join countrymen Tony Parker and assuming they choose to bring him back, Boris Diaw.

The Blazers will definitely have the money to match any offer Batum receives, but it all depends on what direction the acting general manager, at the time, wants to go in.