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Mannix: Blazers Unlikely to Break Up Backcourt, Batum on Radar

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According to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, the Trail Blazers could be a suitor for forward Nic Batum.

Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

NBA free agency is upon us and it appears that the Trail Blazers are content with a conservative approach this summer. According to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, the Blazers are not in a rush to move CJ McCollum or Damian Lillard and they could be in the market for forward Nic Batum.

The Blazers have shown no inkling they intend to move on from Damian Lillard or C.J. McCollum, and have a slew of their own free agents—Norman Powell, most notably, plus guaranteeing the $12 million for the final year of Jusuf Nurkic’s contract, which Portland is expected to do—to deal with. Ex-Blazer Nicolas Batum is on the Blazers radar, per a source, with Portland projecting to be limited with what it can spend by its $5.3 million mid-level exception.

Last season, Batum appeared in 67 regular season games with the Clippers (38 starts). In those outings, he averaged 8.1 points per game and connected on 40.4 percent of his three-pointers. Batum started his NBA career with the Blazers. He played in Portland for seven seasons before a trade moved him to Charlotte.