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NBA Free Agency 2012: Batum Status In Holding Pattern For Timberwolves

There have been several reports about Portland Trail Blazers' restricted free agent Nicolas Batum signing an offer sheet from the Minnesota Timberwolves. But what is not clear now, is whether or not the offer sheet was actually signed. If not, the two teams may be engaged in sign-and-trade talks that would eventually allow Batum to join the Timberwolves.

As Ric Bucher reported earlier, Minnesota waived center Darko Milicic via the amnesty rule to remove some of the $7 million guaranteed money from the Timberwolves' salary cap. The Blazers indicated they were going to match any offer for Batum but instead they may just want something in return.

For more 2012 free agency coverage, stay with this StoryStream. For more on the T-Wolves, head over to Canis Hoopus. And for more NBA news and analysis this offseason, be sure to visit SB Nation's NBA hub.

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