An NBA source close to the situation tells Dwight Jaynes of CSNNW.com that restricted free agent forward Nicolas Batum will not return to the Portland Trail Blazers "under any circumstances for a variety of reasons."
Batum is said to have informed the team of his wishes. He visited the Minnesota Timberwolves this week and reportedly was offered a four-year, $45 million deal. That's a far cry from the extension the Blazers offered Batum during the season, with a salary of around $6 million per year.
"Batum never wants to play in Portland again," the source said, "and has determined that Minnesota is the best for him and his family."
The 23-year-old Frenchman averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds last season, his fourth in the NBA. He has started 202 of his 255 career games.