The Los Angeles Clippers have officially re-signed free agent Nicolas Batum, the team announced on Friday.
According to reports, it’s a two-year deal.
“Nico is a terrific player, a selfless teammate and a consummate professional, who lifts us in a lot of different ways,” said Clippers president of basketball operations, Lawrence Frank. “He fits in perfectly from the beginning, and we’re grateful he’s chosen to return.”
Last season, the 32-year-old Batum averaged 8.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists while shooting 40.4 percent. During the Clippers’ run to the 2021 Western Conference Finals, Batum averaged 8.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.3 blocks in 29.2 minutes.
Before joining the Clippers last season, the 13-year veteran spent time with Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Hornets
This summer, the Lisieux, France native helped lead the French team to a silver medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Batum’s versatility as a defender was very valuable for the Clippers last season. At times, he played center for Los Angeles in the playoffs and was very effective doing it. Bringing him back was an important move for the Clippers.