The Golden State Warriors have dominated NBA rumors for the past few weeks. The latest reports suggest that striker Nicolas Batum could be their latest recruit to the free agency.

The Warriors didn’t make a trade on NBA Draft Day 2021, despite numerous NBA rumors linking them to a move for an all-star player. They want one more try to win the NBA championship which will have to add some solid veterans to their roster.

As per Anthony Slater from The athlete, Nicolas Batum is a player the Golden State Warriors are expected to pursue. Here’s what he mentioned in his most recent report:

“There is a mutual interest between Batum and the Warriors, sources said. He is currently in Tokyo, competing for France. However, he is expected to contact his representative at the beginning of the free agency process. Batum said Quellen understands how well he “would fit in with the Warriors’ system and, as a notable bonus, has an established relationship with new assistant Kenny Atkinson who coached him with the Clippers last season.”

Nicolas Batum emerged as a key player for the LA Clippers during their 2021 NBA playoff campaign last season. He averaged 8.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game, while in the postseason he shot 38.9% off the three-point line at 3.8 tries per competition.

NBA Rumors: How Can Nicolas Batum Help The Golden State Warriors?

Nicolas Batum (left) in action
Nicolas Batum (left) in action

Nicolas Batum’s boxing scores do not reflect the influence he can have on a game. Batum switched to the pentathlon in the playoffs and was one of the main pillars of the Clippers on the defensive. His adaptability to the needs of the team makes him an indispensable veteran in a fighting for the title squad.

The Golden State Warriors are a team that thrives in a small-ball lineup. Nicolas Batum could play as stretch five alongside Draymond Green and offer the Warriors defensive depth.

Slater mentioned that the Batum pre-accession will likely cost the Golden State Warriors part or all of the mid-level tax exemption of $ 5.89 million. The warriors must act quickly as soon as the free agency is opened. NBA rumors suggest the LA Clippers are interested in signing him again while the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers are two teams interested in his service.

Also read: NBA Rumors: Kawhi Leonard listens to offers from other teams after declining player option at LA Clippers