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Andray Blatche negotiated his latest contract without an agent

Sep 26, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for blatche_game.jpgThere’s a couple of ways you can spin this — depending upon what you want to believe about Andray Blatche — but here is the bottom line:

He put together his new contract extension without an agent, as reported by Michael Lee in the Washington Post.

In a move that had been in the works for some time, from what I hear, Blatche severed ties with his long-time agent, Eric Fleisher, last month. Blatche told me that before signing on Friday, he hired an attorney to help him with the legal language of the contract, which is similar to what Gilbert Arenas did when he signed his six-year, $111-million contraction in the summer of 2008.

Blatche said coming to terms with the Wizards was a no-brainer for him. He said he wanted the deal done so that he could remain in Washington, where his career began after the Wizards took him with the 49th overall pick in 2005.

Look at this one of two ways.

One, this is the growing maturity of Blatche. He knew what he wanted, he wanted stability and to be part of a franchise on the rise, and he went and got it. He worked out a deal that was fair for both sides, and choosing to do it himself was the smart way to go about it.

The other: It is not a sign of maturity to do this without an agent. Maturity is getting and agent and directing him to do what you want (he works for you) so if you want a deal with Washington, tell him to make it happen. But use a professional, who can get you a little more for your efforts.

Take your pick on those people. Your answer is a Rorschach test on your thoughts about Andray Blatche.

  1. D-Mack - Sep 26, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    I’m surprised more people don’t do this. Cut out the middle man and the commission they receive. Just hire a lawyer to iron out the language. He probably saved himself millions of dollars doing this

  2. Randall - Sep 26, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Agents seem to be more trouble than they’re worth. Blatche knew roughly what he was worth, made sure the language was acceptable, and didn’t want agent making things hard just to boost his fee.

  3. Renato Afonso - Sep 27, 2010 at 5:30 AM

    Agents do represent most of what is wrong with sports (NBA, NFL, Soccer, whatever sport you want)…
    They take a comission and it’s in their best interest to keep moving the players they represent, to increase their commission and to get some hype (see: Lebron). Without agents, players would gain more knowledge of what they’re worth and have more influence with their employers. Maybe they would have more stability in their jobs, but that’s just me…
    NOTE: After reading this article, I don’t think Blatche will ever go bankrupt

  4. Renato Afonso - Sep 27, 2010 at 5:37 AM

    Agents do represent most of what is wrong with sports (NBA, NFL, Soccer, whatever sport you want)…
    They take a comission and it’s in their best interest to keep moving the players they represent, to increase their commission and to get some hype (see: Lebron). Without agents, players would gain more knowledge of what they’re worth and have more influence with their employers. Maybe they would have more stability in their jobs, but that’s just me…
    NOTE: After reading this article, I don’t think Blatche will ever go bankrupt

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