Portland Trailblazers Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)


Nicolas Batum's wife Melanie Batum

Nicolas Batum’s wife Melanie Pimentel Batum is another beautiful woman who appreciates fashion and style, but it turns out she’s quite proactive about her passion. She is a professional makeup artist who’s traveled to over 30 countries getting paid to work for movies and television shows. When she came to the United States to support her husband Nicolas, she couldn’t last more than two weeks before laying plans to release a shoe line. She’s also planning to open a beauty bar in Portland, which I’m hoping is an establishment that sells beauty by the bottle. Who doesn’t like beauty?

Certainly not Nicolas Batum. In 2008, Nic was acquired by the Blazers via the Rockets in one of those confusing draft-day trades where players end up going here there and everywhere. Prior to coming to the States, the native Frenchman was considered one of the best players in Europe (basically a prerequisite to get into the NBA). His averages as a FIBA player were slightly lower than what he posts as an NBA’er now: 13 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 5 APG, and 80% free-throw percentage. These numbers have justifiably translated to a $43 million dollar contract with the Blazers.

In 2012, there was a small, brief trauma for the Batums when they received a number of racist tweets telling them they weren’t wanted in various flyover states. The vast majority of people’s reactions to Batum’s free agency, of course, were positive and supportive, and they simply paid the tweets no attention. Miss Batum, being of Spanish and Algerian descent, might have challenged the ignorant twitter users to point to Algeria or Spain on a map, but she’s too busy being ambitious, beautiful, and fabulous.​


Damian Lillard's girlfriend Kay'La Hanson

Damian Lillard's girlfriend Kay'la Hanson is very proud of her boyfriend.

Kay'La Hanson is a pre-med student currently enrolled at Weber State University in Utah.  One could make the easy leap that the couple met there, as Lillard played his college ball for the Weber State Wildcats before the Blazers took him with the 6th overall pick in the 2012 draft. Lillard immediately took over in the Pacific Northwest, but is still working to make a bigger name for himself to the rest of the country.

Kay'La Hanson is regular to her Twitter and Instagram accounts showing support for Lillard, often expressing how much she misses him while on the road.  While the Trailblazers superstar is well known to dedicated NBA fans, All-Star weekend is likely to be the opportunity for Lillard to make sure everyone else finds out more about him.  Lillard will be making his presence felt across five events during All-Star Weekend. Besides making the Western Conference reserve squad, he's also entered in the Dunk Contest, which has an exciting field for the first time in a long time, as well as the BVCC Rising Stars Game, Skills Challenge, and 3-point. No matter what happens during Sunday night's game, it's a safe bet that even the casual NBA fan will know Damian Lillard's name by Monday morning.

07/08/13 (Updated)

C.J. McCollum's girlfriend Elise Esposito

Before some serious PlayerWives.com sleuthing, C.J. McCollum's girlfriend had only been alluded to vaguely in an interview with the Deseret News. When the Lehigh University graduate was asked about the amount of homework NBA teams do on the players they are scouting, McCollum had this to say:

They know everything, they know if you have a girlfriend. They know what color your dog is and everything.

C.J. McCollum then admitted that while he did not have a dog, he did have a girlfriend. While that amount of information might be good enough for some of our competition, PlayerWives.com isn't known to rest on our laurels. Through our patent-pending (ok, not really) Internet Sleuthing techniques, we were able to determine that C.J. McCollum's girlfriend is Elise Esposito. She is originally from Bethlehem, PA, attending high school at Bethlehem Catholic High School. Elise is also a graduate of Lehigh University, with a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience/Pre-medicine and will be going back to Lehigh in the fall for a Master's Degree in Engineering.