If you have had a chance to watch him play you will quickly see why he will be one of the most coveted RFA's on the market this season. I would take him and deal away Granger without blinking.The agent for restricted free agent Nicolas Batum told Blazers GM Neil Olshey not to contact his client during negotiations.
CSNNW's Chris Haynes has done an excellent job tracking this story, which needless to say hasn't gotten nearly enough attention. Batum's agent, Bouna Ndiaye, has been at odds with Blazers management ever since they reportedly low-balled the rising star on an extension last season. We've cautioned folks not to set it in stone that Batum will stay, and with each passing report his once favorable odds head toward a coin flip.
Portland should match any offer but with this fallout that might not be as likely. He would be #1 on my board right now.