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Blazers extend qualifying offer to French F Batum

Associated Press

6/25/2012 9:59:51 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers have formally extended a qualifying offer to forward Nicolas Batum.

Batum is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1. The qualifying offer, which was expected, allows the Blazers to match any contract offer the French forward may receive from another team.

Batum has averaged 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds over four seasons with the Blazers.