http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/15/nicolas-batum-isnt-waiting-around-will-sign-first-good-offer/According to the agent for Portland Trail Blazers forward, Nicolas Batum, they will not be holding off on deals to allow the Trail Blazers to sign a couple of free agents before the team tends to his client, who's a restricted free agent.
“The first good offer we get, we're going with that,” Bouna Ndiaye of Comsport Management told CSNNW.com. “We're not waiting for anything.”
The Trail Blazers had hoped they would be able to spend their $15-20 million in cap space to sign at least two key free agents first. Being that the Trail Blazers own Batum's Bird rights, they could go over the cap to sign him.
However, if a team decides to approach Batum's camp with a front-loaded offer early on, the Trail Blazers would be forced to make a decision on matching that offer within three days.
Back in April, CSNNW.com got word Batum would command $10-11 million this summer and if that number is accurate and the Trail Blazers were to match, that would be a significant amount of cap space tied-up, putting a damper on the flexibility the Trail Blazers were expecting to have.