Question is: Will Batum be on the Blazers roster next season to avenge his bad play?
Heís scheduled to make around $11.8 million for the 2015-16 season, which is the final of his four-year contract. There have been rumblings the Blazers could look to move Batum this offseason, maybe around draft time, where GM Neil Olshey promised the team would be ďvery active.Ē
Asked about the possibility of being traded this offseason, Batum said: ďIf that happens, it happens. Thatís the business, I understand that. I mean, I canít control that. All I can control is what I put on the court. I know what I am going to do this summer is try to get better.Ē
Blazers fans may be attracted to San Antonioís Kawhi Leonard, but heís a restricted free agent, who the Spurs seem likely to keep. Instead, if the Blazers look to, and succeed at, trading Batum, keep an eye on Dallas Mavericks small forward Al-Farouq Aminu.
He has a player option for around $1.1 million next season, and could opt out, looking to secure a more favorable deal with Dallas or elsewhere.
The connection here: Olshey drafted Aminu during his days with the Los Angeles Clippers. He could look to add him again, maybe for less than Batumís $11-plus million salary
Both Olshey and Stotts met with Batum before he departed for the summer. Asked what they told him, Batum said: ďJust to be myself again. Thatís it.Ē
If Batum can do that, the Blazers, or another team, should reap the benefit.