July 1, 2016, 1:04 am
Nicolas Batum will stay with the Hornets after agreeing to a five-year, $120 million deal early Friday morning.
Batum was going to have a hard time leaving the money and he’ll face serious challenges living up to the back-end of this deal, but we had him as the No. 3 small forward in our free agency rankings and for a position so shallow this is big news for the Hornets. Steve Clifford is probably smoking a cigar if he does that sort of thing.
Nicolas Batum holds a player option in the fifth season of his new Hornets deal, sources tell The Vertical. $120M.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2016