ChrisHaynes, CSNNW.com Trail Blazers Insider (@ChrisBHaynes)LASVEGAS It was not a surprise that the Portland Trail Blazersannounced that they're matching Minnesota's offer sheet signed byNicolas Batum worth 46 million over four years.
The fact that the two teams couldn't come to terms on a sign-and-trade scenario, made it impossible for the Trail Blazers not to bring their starting small forward back.
CSNNW.com has learned the that Batum will make 10.7 million in year one and two, 10.9 million in year three, and 11.2 million in the final year.
Justas CSNNW.com reported two days ago, Batum arrived in Portland thismorning to take his physical before he speaks to members of the mediaon Friday.
TrailBlazers general manger Neil Olshey revealed some interesting tidbitsduring his presser confirming the team's intention on matching.
Hesaid he's been in constant communication with Batum throughout thisentire process and added that Batum called him personally withoutinforming Minnesota or his agent, and said he never said any ofthose things that were reported and that they made him do it.
Ifthat's true, I'd have to believe that the relationship between Batumand his agent aren't on the best of terms.
Anyhow,Batum will remain a Trail Blazer and will be expected to have moreresponsibility with the organization. Whether he lives up to the dealor not, he was able to get the type of financial security he waslooking for.
Timeto play ball, now.
Also, Olshey says the team will sign veteran point guard Ronnie Price to help mentor Damian Lillard.