Wolfson: POR RFA F Batum Left MIN Without Verbal Agreement

Darren Wolfson of reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves have still yet to make an offer for Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent forward Nicolas Batum. ---------------------------------- According to a source with intimate knowledge of those discussions, Batum is the Wolves' Plan A in free agency -- and he told the Wolves he has legitimate interest in coming. Financially, the Wolves know where Batum stands, so a verbal agreement in advance of July 11 -- the first day free agent contracts can be signed -- could come very soon. But as of Monday night, with Batum no longer in the Twin Cities, a verbal agreement had not been reached. ... The team source said there's a far better chance that Batum would come via a sign-and-trade, because outright landing a restricted free agent is too tough. ---------------------------------- Here's my quick-hit read between the lines on it. -- Ben Hat tip: ed: text edited, bumped to front page