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Nicolas Batum | Guard/Forward | #5

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/14/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 200
College: France
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (25) / HOU
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Steve Clifford praised Nicolas Batum's playing style.
"He knows how to play and where the ball should go," Clifford said. "He has the size, the shooting and the passing ability to constantly make the game easier for his teammates." Everything that both the Hornets and Batum have said since Charlotte's season ended points to the 27-year-old returning to Michael Jordan's team, but the Hornets are going to have to pay up in order to retain him as Batum will be a highly valued commodity as an unrestricted free agent. May 9 - 9:19 AM

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Hornets' GM Rich Cho said that he will make re-signing Nicolas Batum as an unrestricted free agent this offseason Charlotte's No. 1 priority.

"[Batum] is a huge piece. He’s number one in our offseason priority," said Cho. "Overall he did a great job on both ends of the floor and in the locker room." Batum had a solid season in Charlotte, putting up steady mid-round value with averages of 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.0 triples, 0.9 steals, 0.6 swats and 2.9 turnovers per contest. Batum's ability to space the floor and run an offense also really helped Kemba Walker up his efficiency, and it sounds like Charlotte will do everything in their power to retain him on the open market.
May 4 - 11:27 AM

Nicolas Batum said he has unfinished business in Charlotte when asked about re-signing with the Hornets.

While Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Batum will be the Hornets top offseason priority, the free agent-to-be said the Hornets will be the first call he takes when he becomes a free agent on July 1. "I think it’s a little bit of everything – the coaching staff, the organization, the city and the players, too," Batum said when asked what he liked about Charlotte. We'll keep an eye on Batum as free agency inches closer, but it sounds like a return to the Hornets is a very likely possibility.
May 3 - 10:22 AM

Nicolas Batum, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, said that he's open to re-signing with the Hornets.

"When I came here they let me know they wanted me to be one of the [top] two options with Kemba [Walker]," he said. "I liked that. I like that they trusted me." He then added: "It was a pretty cool year. First time I got to play like I want to in eight years in the NBA." The second quote is an important one to focus on when projecting Batum's future. A versatile contributor entering his prime, Batum will be a sought after commodity in free agency and the Hornets will have to pay big money to keep him. Despite Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's expected from shoulder surgery, Charlotte should do everything possible to prioritize Batum's return. "Why not? I don’t know [what will happen in] a crazy summer for a lot of people. But why not? I want to talk to them first, for sure. July 1 will be a crazy day, but will Charlotte be my first call? Yes."
May 2 - 11:57 AM

Nicolas Batum (foot) played 29 minutes on Sunday vs. the Heat, scoring 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting with five boards, two assists and one 3-pointer.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said before the game that Batum was only going to play seven or eight minutes in each half, so he must've felt a little better than expected and he even started the second half. Batum hasn't been 100 percent for weeks, so the only good thing about the Hornets being eliminated is that he will finally have some time off to rehab his injury. "To have so many young guys, so many new guys, we had a great season," Batum said. "We need to move on right away and get better." He is a free agent this summer, but it sounds like the Hornets have an excellent chance to re-sign him.
May 1 - 4:01 PM

Nicolas Batum (foot) started the second half in place of Frank Kaminsky on Sunday vs. the Heat.

Batum was only supposed to play seven or eight minutes in each half according to coach Steve Clifford before the game, but he's already up to 16 minutes at the half. He isn't close to 100 percent and he's not moving that well either, but the Hornets have no choice but to play him if they want to escape Miami with a win.
May 1 - 2:22 PM

Nicolas Batum (foot) and Spencer Hawes (knee) are available to play on Sunday vs. the Heat.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that while Batum is feeling better, he's still not 100 percent and will likely be limited to just seven or eight minutes per half in Game 7. To be clear, Batum is too risky to deploy in most fantasy formats. We'll let you know how he holds up after the game.
May 1 - 12:35 PM

Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) will try to warm up for Game 7 vs. the Heat on Sunday.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that Batum is feeling better and will be a game-time call, but indicated that he will only play seven or eight minutes per half if he's cleared. Clifford is expecting Batum to play, but he's not going to see enough minutes to make an impact in most fantasy formats. We'll have another update before tip-off.
May 1 - 11:34 AM

Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is questionable to play against the Heat in Game 7 on Sunday.

He did not play in the second half on Friday due to aggravating his injury from Game 2. The Hornets went 2-0 without Batum thanks to Jeremy Lin stepping up in a big way, so this might not be a huge loss. If Batum can't go, there will be more minutes for Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee. The Hornets and Heat have the first game of the day, so we'll have word for DFS lineup lock.
Apr 30 - 2:43 PM

Nicolas Batum (left foot strain) is doubtful to return on Friday.

This is the same left foot strain Batum suffered in Game 2 and kept him out of two games. Batum could be limited going forward here, which means more run for Jeremy Lin, Frank Kaminsky, Marvin Williams and Courtney Lee. He checked out with six points, one rebound, one assist and one turnover in 15 minutes.
Apr 29 - 10:10 PM

Nicolas Batum will play more on Friday in Game 6 against the Heat.

It's not a surprise after playing 25 minutes in Game 5. Batum is still going to come off the bench and will likely take minutes from Frank Kaminsky, Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams and maybe Jeremy Lin. He will likely be in the 27-31 minute range for this game and is a risky DFS play.
Apr 29 - 6:25 PM

Nicolas Batum will again come off the bench for Friday's Game 6 against Miami.

The Hornets have now won three in a row, and Batum doesn't want to disrupt the chemistry of the first-unit. His ankle still isn't quite 100 percent, so expect his minutes to be in the 25 range. Kemba Walker, Courtney Lee, Marvin Williams, Frank Kaminsky and Al Jefferson will start.

Nicolas Batum (sprained ankle) came off the bench on Wednesday for eight points, three rebounds, three assists and a pair of 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

Batum didn't have his normal agility and he was tentative early, but he knocked in some huge jumpers down the stretch, helping the Hornets hang on for a tough 90-88 victory. He'll get just one day to rest before returning to action for Friday's Game 6 in Charlotte, so it's unlikely that he'll be 100 percent in the Hornets' potential closeout game.
Apr 27 - 10:55 PM

Nicolas Batum (ankle) will come off the Hornets' bench on Wednesday, as expected.

The Hornets won their past two games without Batum and coach Steve Clifford likely doesn't want to mess with his starters' newfound chemistry. Batum reportedly volunteered to come off the bench and owners can expect his minutes to hover in the 24-28 range in his first game back.
Apr 27 - 7:33 PM

Nicolas Batum (ankle) is expected to play off the bench on Wednesday against the Heat.

It sounds like he will be limited after missing the last two games. Although, Batum did go to Clifford to suggest coming off the bench because of how well the Hornets played without him in Game 3 and 4. He will likely play minutes in the 20s and take run away from Frank Kaminsky, Jeremy Lin, Marvin Williams and Spencer Hawes.
Apr 27 - 6:37 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kemba Walker
2Jeremy Lin
3Jorge Gutierrez
4Aaron Harrison
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Courtney Lee
3Troy Daniels
4Jeremy Lamb
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF1Marvin Williams
2Frank Kaminsky
3Tyler Hansbrough
C1Cody Zeller
2Al Jefferson
3Spencer Hawes