Nicolas Batum NBA free agency 2022: Forward, Los Angeles Clippers agree on 2-year, $22 million deal

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Free agent forward Nicolas Batum has reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Clippers on a two-year, $22 million deal, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Batum declined his $3.3 million player option to hit free agency and work with the Clippers on a new deal.

It was anticipated the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz would have strong interest, sources said.

Batum, 33, played a vital role for the Clippers the past two seasons, reestablishing his versatility on both sides of the ball. He has emerged as a locker room favorite whose unselfish play and spot-up shot-making ability fits in seamlessly with franchise cornerstones Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

Batum started 54 games for the Clippers last season, averaging 8.3 points and 4.3 rebounds, in his second season in Los Angeles. He's a career 43.7% shooter after spending time with the Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Hornets before joining the Clippers in 2020.

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Nicolas Batum of the Los Angeles Clippers warms up before the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Crypto.com Arena on January 09, 2022 in Los Angeles.
Nicolas Batum and the Los Angeles Clippers reached an agreement on a new two-year deal, league sources told Yahoo Sports. (Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)