According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, Batum has resigned for a deal worth 5 years and $120 million. Batum took to Twitter by stating “We got a deal #BuzzCity”.
Another team that was in the mix reportedly for Batum happened to be the Dallas Mavericks. According to sources, the franchise was planning on offering Batum a contract of 4 years and $114 million.
The max contract that Batum could have received would have been up to $150 million, but he decided to take a home town discount. This bargain will potentially allow the Hornets to add a bench player or keep another free agent that they have.
Last season, Batum had a career-high 14.9 points per game, along with 5.8 assists and 6.1 rebounds a game.
Now that the Hornets have signed Batum to a long term deal, their main focus going forward will be to resign center Al Jefferson, who was also a big part of the franchise in 2015.