While he may not be upset with a return to Portland, restricted free agent Nicolas Batum certainly doesn't prefer one. NBA.com's David Aldridge spoke with the Trail Blazers' small forward Tuesday by phone, getting some choice quotes from Batum on his desire to be with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"I'm a restricted free agent," Batum told Aldridge. "I know the situation. Anywhere I sign, the Blazers are going to match. But my first choice was, and is, Minnesota. That's where I want to play and that's where I want to put my family."