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Despite drawing interest from several teams around the league, veteran forward Nicolas Batum is heading back to the LA Clippers on a 2-year /$22M contract. While the move has been expected since Batum made it clear he wanted to end his career with Ty Lue and the Clippers, the terms of such a deal were not revealed until just recently. 

After two successful seasons with the Clippers, Batum will return with a chance to continue helping the franchise chase their first championship. Many around the league feel as if a healthy Clippers team has what it takes to win it all, and the retention of Nicolas Batum is a key component to that pursuit.

Since coming to the Clippers, Batum has shot 40.2% from deep, while thriving as a versatile defender and savvy playmaker. His style of play has perfectly complimented a Clippers team that is built around wing depth, and his overall persona has quickly made him a favorite amongst the fanbase. After being unsure about his basketball future following what was a difficult stint in Charlotte, Batum has established himself as one of the league's elite role players. 

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When asked about offseason priorities, Clippers President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank confirmed that the organization was primarily focused on bringing back their own free agents. With Batum now re-signed, the Clippers have secured a major offseason victory.

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