Blazers’ Crawford, Batum, Przybilla Talk Offseason

With the disapointing 2012 Blazers season in the books, Jamal Crawford, Nicolas Batum and Joel Przybilla all discussed their uncertain offseason outlooks with The Oregonian, who posted the videos online:

  • Crawford owns a player option on his contract (which we already heard he may turn down) that he must opt into by June 15, or he will become an unrestricted free agent.  Crawford called his year in Portland the "longest-shortest season ever" and said that he still plans to weigh his options before making a decision.  Crawford goes on to say, "I don’t think this year was any one person’s fault.  I just think it was a bad situation with the short training camp."  Crawford still considers Portland's future bright and says that "seeing where the team is going" will be key to his choice.
  • Batum is a restricted free agent and would be in high demand should Portland balk at matching offers for him.  All indications are that Portland will try to keep the young forward.  Batum indicated his desire to stay"Of course I want to come back here.  This team drafted me and put me on the court at 19 and gave me my chance in the NBA so we will see what happens."  However, Batum went on to add that the basketball situation for him is more important than the city, implying he would have interest if another team had more to offer basketball-wise than the Blazers.  Batum said he is "99 percent" sure he will be back, but is excited about the summer's prospects of a new contract and his first Olympic appearance.
  • Przybilla signed with the Blazers in late February after considering sitting out the lockout shortened season.  He now seems intent on playing next year, citing his knees feeling great and a newfound love for the game as the primary reasons.  He is an unrestricted free agent and  thinks he will draw some interest over the course of the offseason: "With a good summer of working out and a training camp with a team, I think there will definitely be opportunities out there for me."  He added that he would definitely consider resigning in Portland.

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