According to the always well-informed Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Nicolas Batum will not activate his “player option” with the Los Angeles Clippers in order to become a free agent… and sign another contract with the Californian franchise.
Arrived in 2020 at the Los Angeles Clippers, after a difficult season in Charlotte, Nicolas Batum had signed a one-year contract, then another two years in the summer of 2021, but with a “player option” at 3.3 million dollars for the 2022-23 season. So that means this summer, the 33-year-old French winger has to decide whether he stays for that salary or declines that option to become a free agent. And according to the always knowledgeable Adrian Wojnarowski ofESPNhe chose not to activate this option. But that doesn’t mean “Batman” is going to leave the Clippers, the franchise that reached out to him when he was at his lowest, nor the city of Los Angeles, where he feels good with his wife and two children. The French international (155 caps, 1645 points) should become free to sign another contract with the Clippers. “There is mutual interest in a new contract in July,” explains the journalist.
Batum wants to play until Paris2024
According to specialists in very complicated NBA salary rules, Nicolas Batum could sign a minimum two-year contract (without “player option”) and a maximum of 10.9 million dollars. And since he had been “cut” by Charlotte (end of contract but salary retained), he will still receive 8.9 million from the Hornets in 2022-23. This season, Nicolas Batum, who has started 54 of his 59 games for the Clippers, has averaged 8.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 25 minutes, in a team that finished ninth in the Western Conference (42 wins – 40 losses), before being eliminated by New Orleans in play-in. But next season, the Californian franchise will be able to count on the return of its superstar, Kawhi Leonard, who has been absent for a year due to a knee injury. Accompanied by the other star, Paul George, the duo can take the Clippers very high, and Nicolas Batum intends to be part of the adventure. “I want to play two more years and ideally it would be: go far with the Clippers, World Cup, go far with the Clippers again, then Paris Summer Games and finish my career there,” Batum announced in The Team may’s beginning. This two-year contract with the Clippers could therefore be the last of his career, he who was drafted in 2008.