First of all Batum's agent has already told mgmt that Batum will test the free agent waters before talking with the Blazers. Wallace has already told the Blazers that he will ride his contract out and not opt to be a free agent this summer. EITHER CRASH IS CRAZY OR HE LOVES PORTLAND....i think it's the latter.
Batum is a young long defender who can guard any teams perimeter players and on occasion a few power forwards. It's crystal clear that MGMT prefers Crash and who can blame them. Batum has improved every year since coming into the league and you can guarantee that some team will offer Batum a 5yr....50 million contract. The years can differ but he WILL get a 10 million annual contract because he is worth it and Portland knows it. They pissed Batum off for low balling him. The boys over on espn.com/insider says Portland offered Batum a 3yr 15 million dollar contract with an option for an additional year should Batum want it. HE IS WORTH DOUBLE THAT.
PORTLAND HAS NO CHOICE BUT DEAL BATUM AT THE DEADLINE OR LOSE HIM BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT WANT TO PAY BOTH WALLACE AND BATUM BOTH STARTING MONEY. Mr. Allen has the pockets to foot the bill but he said at the start of the season that the day of him buying 1st rd picks and throwing money at players is over , can you blame him,. Portland has not been out the 1st rd since Wallace and Scottie Pippen and company choked against the Lakers when they were up double digits heading to the 4th.
In a diffrent post I wrote my dislike for Ray Felton because he has killed us with his horrible shooting and dumb turnovers that just don't make sense. This team with a diffrent stating PG can make a run this year if they fix their rebounding problems. Felton played good tonight against Hornets but it's the freaking Hornets.
If we can deal Batum for a legit PG like JOSE CALDERON we can finally stop getting tossed in the 1st rd.
I know alot of you don't like the idea of Jose Calderon but just watch him play. He is not a great defender but he a great knockdown shooter who gets his teammates easy shots and he is doing this in Toronto. Just imagine what he can do with LA, Crash and Crawford. The only other option is Nash but he is too loyal to Phoenix.
If Portland loses Batum and gets no compensation Blazer Nation would explode. This team has to make a move and soon. At the rate we are going now the playoffs are a big maybe.