Grantland’s Zach Lowe dropped a column on the Charlotte Hornets Tuesday, and it was filled with plenty of nuggets about the Hornets turning down a massive offer for the No. 9 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, which turned out to be Frank Kaminsky. But Lowe also had a tidbit about Nicolas Batum‘s impending free agency in 2016, saying Batum’s camp has “made noise” about his desire to play in Toronto.
The Hornets traded for Batum this offseason, dealing away 2014 lottery pick Noah Vonleh to get him. It was a risky play by Charlotte considering the team really isn’t a contender right now and Batum can bolt after one season.
Batum quickly responded to the rumor:
Just to make it clear… pic.twitter.com/YQTOoa5520
— Nicolas Batum (@nicolas88batum) July 28, 2015
This of course could be just a PR stunt to help quell any rumors. Batum very well could have an eye on the Raptors next offseason, but he’s certainly not going to admit that now. However, if the Hornets surprise and play well next season, that could help convince him to stick around.