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Neil Olshey Gets Advice from Hamlet on Batum


To Batum, or not to Batum, that is the question,

Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The insufferable diminishment of our salary cap

For a player of such modest abilities, or

By letting the offer lapse, to restore our flexibility?

To let Nic walk, no more a Blazer, and by such walk

To say we end the heartache, and the thousand natural shocks

That a Blazer fan is heir to. Tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wished. To let him walk, to run –

Perchance to dunk: ay, there’s the rub,

For in that dunking what dreams may come

When Nic has shuffled off our Blazing coil

Must give us pause. There’s the potential upside

That makes a calamity of so long a career.

For who would care for the loss of such upside,

The taunting of Lakers’ fans, the Miami Heat’s contumely,

The pangs of title hopes dashed

When he himself might his quietus make

With one killer off-season acquisition,

But that the dread of Batum flowering into an All-Star,

And from thence to an NBA crown,

That undiscovered country, from whose bourn

No Blazer has returned for 30 plus years,

And makes us rather bear those ills we have

Than fly to others we know not of?

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