On Wednesday afternoon, Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey officially put the final nail in the Nicolas Batum-to-Minnesota Timberwolves speculation when he stated that the Twolves had nothing of interest to offer the Trail Blazers in a potential sign-and-trade.
In addition, Olshey made it clear that if Minnesota submits an offer sheet to the restricted free agent guard, the team will match any proposal.
Olshey says he doesn't see anything Minnesota can offer in S&T that is appealing to POR. Says he will match if Minny presents offer sheet— Jason Quick (@jwquick) July 11, 2012
The GM went on to say that he doesn't believe that any thing that the Twolves could offer would have more value than Batum and that he doesn't believe in allowing talent to walk out the door.
As of this time, Minnesota has not extended an offersheet.