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No Contract Extension For Blazers F Nicolas Batum

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Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports... ---------------------- "Status quo" regarding extension talks between Blazers and Nicolas Batum, source says. No deal expected. ---------------------- Portland Trail Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan said via text message this afternoon that the two sides "have been in communication today" but that he had "nothing new" to report. Update (6:00 p.m.): Jason Quick of The Oregonian reports... ---------------------- Blazers president Larry Miller says "it looks like we may not get anything done" with extension for Nicolas Batum. We tried... If we don't, which it looks like we won't, he's restricted, so we can always match... He's still an important part of our future plans and we hope to get it done. But we couldn't come to an agreement.'' ---------------------- Update (6:10 p.m.): Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com reports with quotes from Bouna Ndiaye, agent for Batum... ---------------------- "We're still not talking and we're not willing to accept the offer the Blazers have proposed," Ndiaye told CSNNW.com. "The game is about to start and we haven't heard anything. We will not accept the offer that is out there." "When Batum becomes a restricted free agent, we'll look at the other 29 teams before we talk to the Blazers," Batum's agent Bouna Ndiaye told CSNNW.com. "The Blazers had their chance." ---------------------- Joe Freeman of The Oregonian with more from Ndiaye... ---------------------- "They say they love him, but they didn’t offer him something fair. So that's it." ---------------------- Buchanan said in a text that he will not comment until the 9 p.m. deadline passes. The Blazers are set to tip off here in roughly 90 minutes so unless the Golden State Warriors plan to host a signing ceremony during pre-game introductions this ship has likely sailed. Update (9:00 p.m.) The two sides have now passed a 9 p.m. Pacific deadline to reach agreement on a contract extension. Batum is now headed on the path towards restricted free agency in the summer, meaning Portland will have the right to match any offer made to him. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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