Minneapolis, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Portland Trailblazers on Wednesday matched the Minnesota offer sheet to forward Nicolas Batum, keeping the 23-year-old out of a Timberwolves uniform.
The Minnesota front office signed Batum on July 15 to a four-year offer sheet worth more than $45 million, convinced that he would provide a significant boost to their already young and talented core.
"We were preapred for the possibility of this outcome, and we will move forward with other plans," Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said. "We are positioned well from a salary cap standpoint, and we will continue to explore additional roster moves."
The 6-foot-8 forward has played four seasons in Portland, averaging 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds during that time. In the 2011-12 season, Batum averaged a career-high 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds for the Trailblazers.
Batm has shot 46.0 percent from the floor in his career, that to go along with a 37.2 percent mark from three-point range.