By Scooby Axson
July 18, 2012

The Portland Trail Blazers decided to match the $46 million offer sheet from the Minnesota Timberwolves for forward Nicolas Batum. (Sam Forencich/NBA/Getty Images)

The Portland Trail Blazers notified the Minnesota Timberwolves that they have officially decided to match the four-year $46 million offer sheet to forward Nicolas Batum.

The 23-year-old Batum averaged a career-high 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season.

"I'm very happy about it," Batum said recently about the possibility of him returning to the Blazers. "So we will see what happens tomorrow with the physical, and I'm going to talk with the media Friday before I go back to France, so you will know everything Friday."

Portland faced a deadline of 9 p.m. Wednesday to decide whether to match the Timberwolves' four-year, $46.5 million offer sheet to retain Batum.

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