Clippers re-sign Nicolas Batum, Amir Coffey

The Los Angeles Clippers have re-signed free agent forwards Nicolas Batum and Amir Coffey, the team announced Wednesday.

According to Yahoo’s Chris B. Haynes, Batum’s contract is a two-year, $22 million; Coffey’s contract is a three-year, $11 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

“Nico is a selfless vet and a winning player whose intelligence, versatility, and skill have lifted our team for the past two years,” said Clippers president of basketball operations, Lawrence Frank, via a press release from the team. “We wanted to keep building with him and are honored he wanted the same.”

Batum, 33, appeared in 59 games (54 starts) for the Clippers last season and averaged 8.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists while shooting 40.0% from beyond the arc.

The 6-foot-8 forward has appeared in 915 career games with averages of 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists over 14 seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, Charlotte Hornets, and Clippers. The Frenchman, who has spent 14 seasons in the NBA, is one of eight active NBA players with 10,000 points, 4,500 rebounds, and 1,400 three-pointers made.  

Coffey, 25, appeared in 69 games (30 starts) and averaged career-highs in points (9.0), rebounds (2.9), and assists (1.8). On April 10 against Oklahoma City, the three-year veteran became the eighth player in franchise history to register at least 35 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists in a game.

The 6-foot-7 forward has appeared in 131 NBA games and owns career averages of 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 16.2 minutes over the past three seasons with the Clippers.

Batum and Coffey should be key role players as the Clippers look to compete for an NBA title this season.

Batum returns to Clippers on two-year deal

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.