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Nicolas Batum | Guard/Forward

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/14/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 225
College: France
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Neil Olshey said the Blazers were shopping Nicolas Batum in late May.
The deal was done on June 24, so the Blazers were shopping him for close to one month. The motivation behind it was that Batum's contract ends after this season and the team wanted to align cheaper long-term contracts with Damian Lillard's deal. Batum is coming off the board in the fourth round of most drafts, which could be a steal. Aug 28 - 3:29 PM

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Nicolas Batum posted a picture of the Charlotte Hornets logo on his Twitter feed as a way to shoot down the rumors of his reported interest in the Toronto Raptors.

A report from Grantland indicated that Batum's camp has put out indications that their client would be interested in signing for the Raptors next summer, but Batum's response on Twitter should quiet down some of that noise. Charlotte does own his Bird Rights, so one would think that they would have the upper hand in free agency next summer. With Batum eyeing a hefty paycheck this summer, expect him to bounce back after a terrible 2014-15 season with the Blazers. Check out the link below to view all of Batum's Tweets.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 28 - 3:55 PM

Nicolas Batum's camp has reportedly put out indications that their client would be interested in playing for the Raptors next season.

Batum will be an unrestricted free agent after the season and his camp has indicated that Toronto is a city that would appeal to the Frenchman's international roots. While the Hornets do own Batum's Bird Rights, a losing season in Charlotte may talk louder than any extra money. For now, Batum will have to concentrate on bouncing back after a disappointing 2014-15, but he has the potential to be a mid-round fantasy steal if he's able to return to form.
Source: Grantland
Jul 28 - 10:42 AM

The Hornets are expected to run a lot of their offense through Nicolas Batum.

"I know my role is going to be different and I like that," Batum said. "I know I can do a lot of things on the court; I’m a very versatile player. So me and Kemba [Walker] can do great things together." He's coming off a massive letdown in 2014-15, but we've seen Batum show the potential of being a top-10 guy.
Jun 27 - 7:58 PM

Nicolas Batum is expected to start at shooting guard.

He hasn't started at shooting guard since the 2011-12 season, but Batum played shooting guard in different lineups this year. He'll give the Hornets some serious length on defense and he's a much better fit to help the Hornets from 3-point range. Expect him to flirt with several triple-doubles this season.
Jun 24 - 10:13 PM

The Blazers are finalizing a trade to send Nicolas Batum to Charlotte for Noah Vonleh and Gerald Henderson.

Wow. This one comes out of nowhere. Batum is coming off a really down year, making just 40.0 percent from the field for averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 boards, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 treys. He instantly becomes the Hornets' best wing and will undoubtedly be the starter. Batum can also make plays, so it will allow Kemba Walker to play off the ball more. Expect Batum to have a bounce-back season and put up top-40 fantasy value.
Jun 24 - 7:04 PM

Nicolas Batum said he isn't concerned about rumors that have the Trail Blazers looking to trade him.

Blazers general manager Neil Olshey promised the team would be "very active" in the offseason, but Batum isn't worried that his name has popped up in trade rumors. "If that happens, it happens," Batum said. "That’s the business, I understand that. I mean, I can’t control that. All I can control is what I put on the court. I know what I am going to do this summer is try to get better." While Batum has top-25 fantasy potential, he'll need to build on his 2014-15 season averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.4 three-pointers or else his fantasy owners will be left disappointed for the second consecutive season.
Source: CSN NW
May 5 - 9:37 AM

Nicolas Batum said that he plans on getting a lot more rest this summer in order to get his body right for next season.

"I don't think I'll touch a basketball for the next two or three weeks," Batum said. "I'll fly back to France next week. It will [be] time to just relax and free my mind. Then I'll get back on the court and focus on my game and my body. I want to be ready for next year." Batum will play with the French team in EuroBasket this summer, but he won't join the team until August in order to fully recover. Batum was very disappointing this season with averages of 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 3-pointers while shooting just 40.0 percent from the field, but he will be a bounce-back candidate leading into fantasy drafts next season.
May 3 - 11:25 AM

Nicolas Batum stated during his exit interview that he has no plans to undergo wrist surgery this offseason.

Batum also said that this was his "toughest season," and his numbers would agree with that statement as he averaged just 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 steals per game on a career-low 40.0 percent shooting from the field. While Batum struggled to find his shot this season, his across-the-board contributions still had him turning in mid-round value, and we'll be expecting a bounce-back year during the 2015-16 season. He could slide in fantasy drafts next year due to his statistical decline this year, which would make him a fantastic value pick.
Apr 30 - 6:17 PM

Nicolas Batum called the 2014-15 season his "worst year" after the Trail Blazers lost their playoff series to the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

After a season during which he averaged 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks, and 1.4 three-pointers, Batum said he understood the blame should fall on him. "I understand that,'' Batum said. "There were huge expectations. I felt we could do something special this season, collectively and personally. So I understand. Since I signed this contract, the first two years I was OK. This one, like I said, was my first bad one. But I understand why people get mad. I'm the first one to get mad at myself.'' While his numbers were a bit depressed this season, Batum is being a tad hard on himself and should be able to rebound to become a top-35 fantasy player again in 2015-16.
Apr 30 - 9:31 AM

Nicolas Batum had another poor shooting performance in Game 5 vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday, going just 2-of-12 from the field on his way to six points, 10 boards, seven assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

Batum finished the series with averages of 14.2 points, 5.2 assists, 8.6 boards and 2.6 3-pointers, but he shot just 34.3 percent from the field over that span. Batum had a rather disappointing 2014-15 campaign, but his troublesome wrist could have definitely been a major reason why. He often lacks confidence and tends to hesitate a lot before shooting, but hopefully he will be able to bounce back stronger than ever for next season. The offseason should do wonders for his ailing wrist and back.
Apr 30 - 1:38 AM

Nicolas Batum was on fire from beyond the arc in Portland's Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, sinking six 3-pointers on 12 attempts.

He finished the game with 27 points, six boards and four assists, but it wasn't enough to keep the Grizzlies from capturing a 3-0 series lead. Batum has been hesitant on his jumpers all season (mostly 3-pointers), so it was nice to see him in attack mode tonight. The Blazers will need Batum to continue to be aggressive if they have any hope of competing with the Grizzlies.
Apr 26 - 1:53 AM

Nicolas Batum hit just 5-of-15 shots for 11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, a 3-pointer, zero steals and zero blocks in Wednesday's Game 2 loss.

Batum is playing through a knee injury and also has a torn tendon in his wrist that will eventually require surgery. He scored 15 points in Sunday's Game 1 and while he's admirably battling through adversity, the Blazers will need him to play better than this if they're going to win Games 3 and 4 in Portland.
Apr 22 - 10:47 PM

Nicolas Batum (bruised right knee) started Sunday's game and finished with 15 points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, four assists and three turnovers as the Blazers fell in Memphis, 86-100.

It's easy to forget that Batum is playing through a torn tendon in his wrist which will require offseason surgery, and fantasy owners have become spoiled by his willingness to play through all but the most severe injuries. Expect him to once again log 35+ minutes in Game 2.
Apr 19 - 10:55 PM

Nicolas Batum (knee) said he will play against the Grizzlies in Game 1 on Sunday.

He only had a knee bruise and he only needed to miss one game. Batum was logging minutes around 40 to close the season and he could be in that neighborhood in this series. Batum's numbers were awful against the Grizzlies in four games this season, averaging 6.5 points 4.5 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 treys on 32.4 percent from the field.
Apr 17 - 4:14 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kemba Walker
2Jeremy Lin
3Brian Roberts
4Aaron Harrison
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Jeremy Lamb
3Troy Daniels
4Elliot Williams
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2P.J. Hairston
3Sam Thompson
PF1Frank Kaminsky
2Marvin Williams
3Tyler Hansbrough
4Cody Zeller
C1Al Jefferson
2Spencer Hawes
3Jason Washburn