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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 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

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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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kemba Walker
2Ramon Sessions
3Brian Roberts
4Aaron Harrison
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Marco Belinelli
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2Jeremy Lamb
PF1Marvin Williams
2Frank Kaminsky
3Tyler Hansbrough
4Christian Wood
C1Cody Zeller
2Roy Hibbert
3Spencer Hawes