News: Batum said Monday that he expects to take on more of the scoring workload in the absence of Kemba Walker, Rod Boone of The Athletic reports.
Impact: At media day on Monday, Batum was asked, semi-rhetorically, if he'll have to do more scoring with Walker now in Boston. "Yes, for sure," Batum answered. "I have to." The veteran wing is arguably Charlotte's best all-around returnee, but his production took a step back last season, and he attempted just 7.5 field goals per game -- down from his average of 11.8 per game over the previous three seasons. He also posted a career-low usage rate of just 13.2 percent. While Terry Rozier figures to replace a decent chunk of Walker's production, Batum's role should also increase, and his usage rate could move closer to his career mark of 17.7 percent.