NBA rumors have been swirling around Nicolas Batum. The 27-year-old swing man is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. According to NBC Sports, Batum would prefer to resign with the Charlotte Hornets. The salary cap will be set around $92 million this year. A majority of the teams in the National Basketball Association will have plenty of money to spend on free agents. Teams will be interested in Batum due to his play this year.
Last summer, the Charlotte Hornets traded for Nicolas Batum from the Portland Trail Blazers. The Hornets gave up Gerald Henderson and Noah Vonleh to get Batum. Charlotte has been looking for help at the wing for the past couple of seasons. They were hoping that Batum would fill in that missing void. Portland did this trade because they knew LaMarcus Aldridge was leaving the team. They were starting the rebuilding process.
Nicolas Batum isn’t the only player set to become a free agent this summer. The Charlotte Hornets will also have to resign Jeremy Lin, Al Jefferson, Courtney Lee, and Marvin Williams. All of these players have expressed interest in coming back to the team. Charlotte will be looking to keep their core players together for the next several seasons. The main priority for the Hornets will be Batum. He was a vital player for the team’s success. Hornets head coach Steve Clifford will play a major factor in resigning Batum.
The Charlotte Hornets will be looking to add several free agents this upcoming summer. The team is looking to add an interior rim defender during free agency. They have their eyes on a couple centers. One of those players is Dwight Howard from the Houston Rockets. The former Defensive Player of the Year will consider joining the Hornets and reuniting with head coach Steve Clifford. Another player Charlotte will be looking at will be Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat. He is currently averaging 14.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks per game.
Several teams will be interested in Nicolas Batum this upcoming summer. This season, he has proven to be one of the better all around players in the NBA. Batum may not be a superstar, but he is a player that can help a team win games.
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