This is seven months ago...
Batum is an impending unrestricted free agent on a borderline playoff team, diving into an unprecedented cap frenzy in which two-dozen suitors could offer $20 million per season. Batumís people have already made noise about how much Batum would like to play in Toronto, a city that appeals to his international roots, per several league sources.
Having said that and all of the above... there are so many rumors connecting Batum to Toronto since Portland I think one of three things go down.
1) Charlotte will be hard pressed to keep both Batum and Jefferson. Its not all that great of a nucleus vis a vis Washington, Miami, Toronto, Cavs, any western team
2) I thought that the monster Tross contract killed any Batum deal but now I am not so sure. James Johnson, T Ross, and some of the 905'ers may appeal to Michael Jordon. He absolutely blew off a Toronto deal a couple years ago...but I wouldnt bet against him trying to get something if he thinks he needs to...
3) If not this trade deadline (rental contract with hope to extend) watch Masai pursue in offseason.... its double insurance in case Demar's agents cant be reasoned with.