We know that the future of Nicolas Batum will be played far from Charlotte next season. The North Carolina franchise has every interest in parting ways with him, and potentially has a plan to get there under the best possible conditions.
Even if it is not yet official, it is unofficially recorded: Nicolas Batum will no longer be a Hornet in the days to come. The future of the French player is still pending, while his wife continues to teaser on social networks.
Internally, the Hornets are working to try to take advantage of Batum and his sky-high contract. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, they absolutely seek to part with it to allow the arrival of Gordon Hayward, thus avoiding losing Batman “for free” and blocking the course for years to come (the 27 million due to the French will be spread over 3 years).
Sources: Boston and Charlotte have worked on a sign-and-trade for Gordon Hayward that would land Celtics a trade exception, but Hornets have first been trying to find a third team for Nic Batum’s $27M contract to see if there’s a way to avoid waiving-and-stretching his money.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 25, 2020
Sources: Boston and Charlotte worked on a sign-and-trade for Gordon Hayward that would allow the Celtics to secure an exception trade, but the Hornets first tried to find a third team for the $ 27 million contract of Nic Batum to see if there’s a way to avoid cutting him off while still paying him.
This third team, the Hornets may have found it. According to Ian Begley, who covers both New York teams for SNY, the Knicks could be the solution to Charlotte’s problems.
We noted earlier this week that teams believe the Knicks are still open to taking contracts that other GMs want to unload in their cap space.
Earlier in the offseason, New York accepted Ed Davis’s $ 5 million from Utah in exchange for two second-round picks. The Jazz were apparently looking to get rid of his salary to accomplish other goals (including re-signing Jordan Clarkson). Charlotte now seems to find herself in the same situation.
In summary, if you want to get rid of of a bulky player, make your way to Madison Square Garden, Leon Rose’s door still seems open. Is the way out for Batum? Answer in the coming days of this long and fascinating soap opera.