Nicolas Batum has made the decision to agree on a five year deal worth $120 million to stay at the Charlotte Hornets.
There were offers on the table with the Dallas Mavericks able to set up a meeting, however Batum clearly had his mind set on returning to the Hornets, making the agreement hours after the market opened.
The fact that the Hornets owned his Bird rights gave an obvious advantage to the North Carolinian franchise, giving them the chance to offer the forward a longer contract. A source reported that the fifth year will be a player option.
After building a profile as a valuable player on both ends of the floor during his long stint at the Portland Trail Blazers, he was traded to Charlotte following lingering injuries and poor statistical output in his last season.
A move to the Hornets and subsequently a promotion in becoming the second option behind Kemba Walker, gave him the chance to play with more liberty on the court and showcase his offensive skills. A high level of play over the course of the season aided his team in making the playoffs before succumbing to the Miami Heat in the first round.
Nic Batum is seen as a hugely significant asset due to his defensive abilities and the capacity to guard multiple positions by making use of his length.
Therefore it is quite a coup that Charlotte are able to hold onto their man and move forward in focusing their attention onto other free agents that are available. Batum and Walker offer attractive possibilities for the future and with both currently in their prime, it won’t be surprising if others big names follow suit.