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Pass or Pursue: Top 10 NBA Power Forward Free Agents in 2022

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5. Nicolas Batum

Height: 6-8

Age: 33

The veteran wing for the Clippers has enjoyed a career resurgence since arriving in the City of Angels. During his tenure with the Charlotte Hornets, he saw a notable drop in production and some questioned if he still belonged at this level of basketball. After he played in just 22 games in 2019-20 and scored just 3.6 points per game, it wouldn't have been hard to come to that conclusion.

But once again, being in the right situation can work wonders for a player and their career. Playing alongside the likes of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, Nicolas Batum has returned to form as a reliable 3 and D player. His steady jump shot and defensive instincts would be a plus for any team. If the Spurs decide to pursue him, it won't be the first time they've done so.

When Batum was drafted in 2008, reports came out pre-draft that he had worked out with the Spurs and was close to a lock to be drafted by them. While the Spurs didn't end up taking him, they also pushed hard to acquire him in 2012. When Batum was selected by the Rockets with the 25th pick in '08, he said, "I was shocked. I thought for sure I was headed to San Antonio."

Batum has a player option to return to the Clippers in 2022-23 for $3.3M, so luring him away would require opening up the checkbook. In the end, it could be worth it.

Verdict: Pursue

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