Nicolas Batum, free to join the franchise he wanted, has as expected decided to sign a new contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. The French winger has returned for two more seasons. Two-time Nuggets MVP Nikola Jokic has also extended to Denver, for more than $264 million over five years. Biggest contract in NBA history.
Nicolas Batum and Nikola Jokic have chosen continuity. The two men extended this Thursday as soon as the NBA transfer market opened the contract binding them to their current franchise. Thus, the French winger decided as it was to be expected to continue the adventure with the Clippers. The double Serbian MVP has also chosen to continue to defend the colors of Denver. By the way, the “Joker” hit the jackpot. Jokic, who has only known Colorado since his NBA debut, has indeed returned to the Nuggets for the astronomical amount estimated between 264 and 270 million dollars over five years.
Look no further: This is the highest new contract in NBA history. Batum does not play in the same court as the Serb. Nevertheless, “Batman” also likes this Clippers roster that he joined at the dawn of the 2020-2021 season from Charlotte. While he had the opportunity to join the franchise he wanted – the French international had declined his player option for the coming season and was therefore free – the 2006 French champion with Le Mans therefore also preferred not to to move.
The Clippers yes, Tunisia no!
As a family, doing our shopping in a supermarket, a Mr approaches me:
“I don’t know if you play basketball but I know someone at the Tunisian Federation and I can offer you something there and join the national team”
I kindly said I had other plans 😅
— Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) June 29, 2022
The Free Agency barely opened, the insiders had also hinted that the Frenchman having refused to play the Euro with the Blues this summer would bet on a new lease with the Clippers despite the desires. The native of Lisieux (Calvados) has signed a new two-year contract, for an amount of 22 million dollars.
On the other hand, he will not be of service to the Tunisian team soon. During his vacation in France, Batum was approached by a man in the shelves of a supermarket while he was shopping and the gentleman in question, who had not recognized him, offered to defend the colors of the Tunisian selection. A story that made “Batman” laugh a lot (but also the Tunisian Federation), who therefore remains a Clipper but will not join the Tunisian national team.