Dallas Mavericks Meeting With Nicolas Batum?
The Dallas Mavericks have secured a meeting with unrestricted free agent, Nicolas Batum, early in the free agency period.
The Dallas Mavericks have been a name rumored with a lot of the major free agents this summer, most notably Hassan Whiteside and Mike Conley. Fears of the Mavs lacking a backup plan have been voiced and apparently the worries were heard.
Early this morning, Nicolas Batum sent a very simple tweet that sent the Mavericks faithful in a frenzy. The tweet could’ve meant nothing, but it could mean a whole lot too.
Again, this tweet came with no prior knowledge or even speculation that Batum was in the Mavs radar for a potential free agency signing. Ideas of the possibility of a connecting flight or a meeting with his agent in one of the offices belonging to that particular agency were possible solutions thrown around but no one really knew for a few hours.
Later in the day, however, Tim McMahon of ESPN made it clear exactly why Batum is coming to Dallas from his home country of France with this tweet.
Nicolas Batum is not a name that has been talked about much in free agency as his situation has been unclear after playing the last season with the Charlotte Hornets. That being said, we should all be excited at the sheer potential of a face-to-face meeting with Batum, a great player and one of the best available small forwards this summer.
After Kevin Durant and Lebron James, the next tier of top SF free agents has been known to be Chandler Parsons, Harrison Barnes, and Nic Batum. Of those three, it is hard to rank them due to potential and injury history but Batum has been far and away the most consistent of the three.
There is no word yet on exactly what all of this means, but be aware that Nicolas Batum could be seen in a Dallas Mavericks uniform next year and, if it be the case, rest assured that MFFLs everywhere will quickly be forgetting the name Chandler Parsons.
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