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Blazers F Nicolas Batum Discusses Nancy Move

Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum discussed his new deal with French club Nancy in an interview with Julien Deschuyteneer on BasketSession.com. Here are a few excerpts translated by HoopsHype.com. --------------------------- "I wanted to be sure to play in the Euroleague. I wanted to come back to France so that my family could see me play. I had the chance to come back here and to play in the Euroleague at the same time so Nancy was a natural choice for me. […] Nancy has a very nice legacy. It’s been France’s most consistent team those last 6 to 7 years, since coach Monschau came aboard. They’ve been to the finals 5 times in 7 years and they won 2 of the last 4 championships. This team is proven." How did it happen? "Actually, I made the first move. After Nancy won the last French championship, I sent a message to my agent (Bouna N’Diaye) that said "It could be nice to play for Nancy…" I was thinking about that even before the final, when I had started wondering where I could play next season. Bouna asked them if they would be interested and they were. All we had to do then was to reach an agreement." Other Offers "I’ve had some propositions from Spain, Greece and Italy, but I wanted to play in France for family reasons. […] It wasn’t about the money! I’ve turned down more lucrative offers to play in France." --------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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