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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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Nicolas Batum said that he doesn't feel any new pressure after signing a five-year, $120 million deal over the summer.
"I’ll try to be aggressive, but I understand why I got this contract. I don’t think my teammates or coaches want me to change," Batum said. "They want me to keep being a playmaker." Batum put up averages of 14.9 points with 6.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting last season, returning fifth-round value in standard leagues. Despite a quiet showing at the Rio Olympics for France, Batum should take on some extra responsibility in Charlotte with Al Jefferson and Jeremy Lin in new cities, making him an excellent mid-round pick with early-round upside. Sep 30 - 9:09 AM

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Nicolas Batum said that his quiet play during the Olympics was a product of his atypical role for France's national team.

"They don’t ask me to do what I did all year in Charlotte, the things I was successful at all year," he said. "I will be the same guy in Charlotte, because I will have the ball in my hands more again." He averaged just 7.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in Rio, but fantasy owners shouldn't let that sway their opinion of him.
Aug 17 - 10:36 PM

Nicolas Batum missed both shots from the field and didn't go to the line against Spain on Wednesday, adding just one assist and two steals in 18 minutes.

Ouch. He didn't shoot the ball until the second half during this loss. Batum had a really disappointing run at Rio, which could be due to him not being in his normal role. He'll be locked in as the starting shooting guard with more minutes at that spot due to Jeremy Lin being in Brooklyn and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (shoulder) set to return.
Aug 17 - 3:12 PM

Nicolas Batum scored 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting Sunday, to go with three rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and two turnovers during Team France's 100-97 loss to the US squad.

This one came right down to the wire, and the international squads with solid wing players have really made things difficult for Team USA, as the US squad has struggled to contain the pick-and-roll with their lackadaisical defense. Batum was also a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe, and he's a guy you'll want to target in the mid-rounds on draft day. Boris Diaw handed out seven dimes with five points, one board, two steals and two turnovers, but he won't play enough in Utah to warrant a standard league selection.
Aug 14 - 3:40 PM

Nicolas Batum was invisible in France's 87-66 loss to Australia on Saturday, finishing with just five points and four turnovers in 22 minutes.

Batum will obviously have to be a lot better if France wants to make any kind of noise at the Olympics, but we are not worried about his production increasing moving forward.
Aug 6 - 3:26 PM

Nicolas Batum has reached an agreement with the Hornets on a five-year, $120 million deal.

This isn't close to the max for Batum, so it's pretty solid bargain for the Hornets -- relative to the other deals, of course. The Hornets not having to max Batum could help them bring on another free agent, including guys like Courtney Lee or Jeremy Lin. Batum does have a player option for the fifth season, as well. The 27-year-old Frenchman was terrific after the break, averaging 15.0 points, 5.4 boards, 6.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.8 treys. He'll be an early-round target in fantasy again.
Jul 1 - 4:05 AM

The Wizards could "try to make a deal" with unrestricted free agent Nicolas Batum before making Bradley Beal's deal official, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

There has always been some interest from the Wizards now that they're going to have some money left over due to Kevin Durant heading elsewhere. The Wizards do have Otto Porter on the wing and he did show some improvements, but Batum's play-making and defense would be a huge help. A lot of teams will be aggressive on the 27-year-old Frenchman.
Jun 30 - 11:19 PM

Nicolas Batum will reportedly have a face-to-face meeting with the Hornets and Mavericks in Dallas once free agency begins.

Batum will also do a phone interview with the Knicks, Wizards and Lakers, but those teams seem like a long shot to land Batum's services. The Hornets have said that they will do everything in their power to retain the eighth-year swingman, and given that they can offer him the most money, the odds are currently in Charlotte's favor.
Jun 30 - 4:54 PM

Nicolas Batum is expected to meet with the Dallas Mavericks.

Batum has been thought to be headed back to Charlotte, but it looks like he'll do his due diligence as he hits unrestricted free agency on July 1. The Mavs have been linked to quite a few players thus far, so it would surprise if they don't make a splash with Batum or another big-name free agent. Batum put up mid-round fantasy numbers last season and could see a minor boost to those numbers in Dallas.
Source: ESPN
Jun 30 - 1:56 PM

Nicolas Batum, Al Horford and Ryan Anderson will reportedly be some of Washington's top free agency targets.

If Batum winds up in Washington, he would essentially destroy the fantasy value of Otto Porter, and Kelly Oubre would really struggle to get into the rotation. The interest in Anderson is reportedly mutual, although there haven't been any reports of Horford seeking a partnership with the Washington franchise. With Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat locked up long-term, it would be strange to see Horford sign with the Wizards.
Jun 29 - 11:15 AM

If the Warriors can't sign Kevin Durant, they are expected to look at Nicolas Batum in free agency.

Things aren't looking good for Harrison Barnes' future in Golden State. The Thunder are likely still the favorites to re-sign Durant, while Batum is likely going to receive several max offers and Charlotte will do everything in their power to keep him. For what it's worth, Evan Turner's name has also popped up, but he would be a questionable fit in Golden State since he's not much of a shooter.
Jun 24 - 1:40 PM

Hornets GM Rich Cho wants to meet with Nicolas Batum right when free agency begins.

"We hope to meet with him as soon as free agency starts," Cho said. "Our goal is to get something done with him." Cho has previously said that re-signing Batum is the team's top priority, but it will likely take a max offer to get a deal done due to the rising salary cap. Free agency begins on July 1.
Jun 18 - 12:37 PM

Nicolas Batum, Tony Parker and Boris Diaw will all suit up for the French National Team this offseason, although they will miss the early portions of France's training camp.

Team France's training camp begins June 10, but they will allow some of their main guys to return at a later date in order to rest up their bodies after a long NBA season. Diaw will reportedly join his teammates on June 13, and Parker will join the team on June 19, but Batum's return date has not yet been determined. Batum will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason searching for a max-deal, and the Hornets have said they will make re-signing Batum their No. 1 priority this summer.
Jun 8 - 12:08 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kemba Walker
2Ramon Sessions
3Brian Roberts
4Aaron Harrison
5Andrew Andrews
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Marco Belinelli
3Treveon Graham
4Rasheed Sulaimon
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2Jeremy Lamb
3Perry Ellis
PF1Marvin Williams
2Frank Kaminsky
3Christian Wood
C1Cody Zeller
2Roy Hibbert
3Spencer Hawes
4Mike Tobey