Extended in early August 2021 for two years by the Clippers, Nicholas Batum had a release clause (“player option”), and the Frenchman decided to activate it.
This is announced by ESPN, and the silver medalist at the last Olympic Games will therefore be a “free agent” at the end of the month. According to our colleagues, there is a common interest in extending the adventure, and Nicolas Batum should therefore commit to a new lease alongside Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Probably for two years since he has already announced that he would see himself ending his career in 2024 with a “last dance” at the Paris Olympics. According to ESPN, Nicolas Batum can hope for a contract of about 11 million dollars without the Clippers digging into their savings. If so, the Clippers can no longer offer him a 1+1 deal, so it should be a guaranteed two-year deal.
“I want to play two more years and ideally it would be: go far with the Clippers, World Cup, go far with the Clippers again, then the Paris Olympics and finish my career there. »
Having become the “glue guy” of the team, according to his teammates, Nicolas Batum completely relaunched his career at the Clippers, and after the elimination against the Pelicans, he paid tribute to this group he adores.
” I’ve been in this league for 14 years, and I’ve never seen this before.” he confided. “Covid, injuries, returns, everything. But it was fun, really. We went through all that… The exchanges, the absentees… We had everything. We stayed in the top eight in the West without our best player, almost without our two best players since PG played 30 games, or something chose like that. (…) I like this team. I have been here for almost two years now. I was almost out of the NBA… It was two different years. But I liked it, I liked it. I like it here. This coach, these guys. It’s hard today, but we’re going to have fun next year. »
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