RUMOR: Warriors targeting Clippers forward to get help for Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson
The Golden State Warriors have been reported to be one of the teams interested in signing Los Angeles Clippers forward Nicolas Batum in free agency. Apparently though, they have a good chance at landing the Frenchman.
According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, the Warriors and Batum have “mutual interest” in joining forces. For the 32-year-old wing, he sees how he can fit well alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and the rest of the Dubs roster.
There is mutual interest between Batum and the Warriors, sources said. He’s currently in Tokyo, competing for France. But there is expected to be contact with his representation early in the free-agency process. Batum, sources said, understands how well he’d fit the Warriors’ system and, as a notable bonus, has an established relationship with new assistant Kenny Atkinson, who coached him last season with the Clippers.
Nicolas Batum averaged 8.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assist per game for the Clippers in 2020-21, doing so while shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from deep. While his numbers are not staggering, he has proven to be a reliable backup who can consistently produce on a nightly basis.
Not to mention that Batum’s defense and floor spacing would be beneficial for the Warriors since it can open up pathways for Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to shoot or attack the rim.
It remains to be seen if the Warriors can really get Batum since the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers are also said to be interested in pursuing him. However, there’s no doubt the Dubs present a good opportunity for the veteran wing to compete for a championship.