November 30th (29th local time). Charlotte Hornets will wave Nicolas Batum, reporter Shams Charania of The Athletic reported.
Hornets released the right to nominate the second round of the draft in the future, won Gordon Hayward by sign and trade with Boston Celtics, and decided to break up with Batum to secure cap space.
Batum from France is a veteran forward who has finished his 12th year of career. Although he has left an average of 31.3 minutes, 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists in his career, he was lacking in brilliance with an average of 23.0 minutes, 3.6 points and 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 22 games (including 3 starts) last season.
Batum’s annual salary for this season is about $ 27.13 million, which is extremely high, so it is highly unlikely that another team will apply for acquisition and take over the contract within 48 hours. Therefore, it is certain that it will become an unlimited free agent (FA) in two days.
Batum will sign a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers as several teams are interested in winning a 31-year-old all-round veteran forward, the media said.
If you can get it with a veteran minimum guarantee or a low salary, it will be a valuable force for the Clippers.