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Updated: July 1st, 2012 8:08am
Report: Wolves mulling $50M offer to Blazers forward Nicolas Batum

Report: Wolves mulling $50M offer to Blazers forward Nicolas Batum

by Tom Pelissero
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Greg Stiemsma apparently isn't the only restricted free agent the Minnesota Timberwolves are pursuing.

The Wolves called Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum to make a "serious offer" shortly after free agency opened at 11 p.m. Saturday, reported, and the sides planned to meet in Minnesota later Sunday to discuss it further.

According to the report, the offer would be for four years and believe $45 million and $50 million. New Orleans and Toronto also have shown interest, the report said.

Offer sheets can't be signed until July 11. Batum received a qualifying from the Blazers, who thus have the opportunity to match any offer.

Batum, 23, posted career-high averages last season in points (13.9 per game), rebounds (4.6), blocks (1.0) and steals (1.0).

The Wolves met with free-agent guard Brandon Roy on Friday. They reportedly have meetings set up with Stiemsma and Jordan Hill in the next 24 hours.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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