Nicolas Batum will talk to the Knicks on the phone when free agency begins, according to Marc Spears and Tim MacMahon of ESPN. Batum will meet with the Charlotte Hornets and the Dallas Mavericks, while talking on the phone to the Knicks, Lakers, and Wizards. Batum averaged a career-high 14.8 points, along with 6.1 rebounds, and 5.8 assists in 70 games for the Hornets last season. The 6'8" native of France shot 42.6 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from the three-point line.
Al Horford is the second best free agent available on the market this summer, behind some guy named Durant. But after the versatile forward from Atlanta — who may be on the move if the Hawks balk at offering him a five-year max deal — the quality drops off quickly. Well, Dirk Nowitzki is quality, but he’s not leaving Dallas. Ryan Anderson has health questions, and his skills are in decline. Then you get into nice rotation players off the bench such as the Jareds — Sullinger and Dudley. I break it all down in this latest PBT Extra.