David Kahn referred to Nicolas Batum as the Timberwolves’ missing piece" and said the 23-year-old small forward perfectly complements Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio.

"He's a dynamic wing player, capable of defending multiple positions," Kahn said. "His three-point shooting has improved every year; just a fine all-around basketball player. In certain ways, you could look at our team and say he's the missing piece."

Kahn plans to sign Batum to an offer sheet, even though it seems likely the Blazers will match the offer.

"We don't see it as trouble," Kahn said. "First of all, we think we owe it to ourselves to take a shot. Secondly, if they chose to match it, that leaves us with a significant amount of (cap) room to pursue players."