“By the time the day ended, Batum says, 16 teams had called his agent, Bouna Ndiaye, to express interest. Minnesota, New Orleans, Toronto and Cleveland were most aggressive. And despite what you might think, Minnesota did not offer the most money. A source with knowledge of Batum’s free agency says Cleveland offered a whopping $52 million. ‘That was exciting,’ Batum says. ‘At this time, I didn’t know what the rest of the league was thinking about me. I knew the Blazers loved me, wanted to keep me, but I didn’t know what the other teams were thinking about me. I wanted to know who I am in this league. On July 1st, I was like, ‘Wow.’ ‘ “
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Dan Malone is a third-year journalism student at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He blogs on weekends for Sheridan Hoops.