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Le Probleme: a Nicolas Batum Thread

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Nic, Nic, Nic...

Our French LeBron.

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We'd love to build around you and LaMarcus.

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But this has been a frustrating year.

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At times, you're the best player on the floor.

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However, you aren't showing that you can create all that much off the dribble;

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...your defense has been suspect;

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& some games, you hardly look like you're into it at all.

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Listen: We'd love to re-sign you this summer, and hopefully we've already made a handshake deal with your agent that first we'll spend a chunk of change on a nice free agent and then sign you with your Bird Rights.

But what sort of contract do we give you, Nicolas--- our French conundrum? How many years/ how much a year/ how much total/ player option for the last year/ team option... etc. etc. etc. ???

It's been rumored we offered a joke of a contract to you (vastly undewhelming). There were rumblings that the team and your agent were roughly $4-5 million apart, per year.

I mean, sure, if we offered you 4 years/ $20 million, I bet you were a bit insulted. But are you worth $9 million a year?

Wilson Chandler received a nice contract recently, at $37 million total for 5 years, which by my understanding (and correct me if I'm wrong) was roughly $8.5 million a year for 4 years, and roughly $3 million for the remaining 20 odd games left this season.

My best guess: We may offer a 4-year contract worth $30 million with a 5th year team option at $8 million. You're probably worth the Blazers matching another team's offer of 4 years, $34 million. Does that seem fair?

Please, voice your praise, frustrations, comments, questions, and overall guestimates below.

Make this an all-encompassing Batum thread if you'd like. Or don't.

And if you've got some secret insider information, then please share it with us all.

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