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Wizards trying to trade Andray Blatche, but nobody wants him

Feb 27, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

Andray Blatche, Ryan Anderson AP

It is the Wizards’ conundrum — they need to remake their roster and bring in guys with a professional attitude, but they can’t get rid of the guys they have to make room.

For example, Andray Blatche. The talented and wildly inconsistent (which is kind) big man is on the block, but there are no takers, reports Michael Lee at the Washington Post.

The Wizards have aggressively tried to deal Blatche in advance of the March 15 trade deadline, according to multiple league sources, but struggled to find any takers. Blatche is certainly open to a change of scenery, according to a person close to him.

The team discussed dealing Blatche to Charlotte last month for Tyrus Thomas but were rejected, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. Blatche is still owed nearly $23 million after this season, and rival teams have expressed concern about his conditioning and character.

Blatche is shooting 38 percent this year and his game overall has regressed as he has been battling an injury to his calf. And that is not what is scaring teams off — it’s an effort and attitude that nobody else wants to bring into their locker room.

The Wizards have had a lot of those guys over the years. There’s a reason Blatche and others before him (Kwame Brown) have been booed by local fans. Passion and effort can make up for a lot in fans minds, not showing those things leads to anger from the fan base.

Don’t expect the Wizards to have much luck finding a trading partner — Blatche has three guaranteed years left on his deal. Unless he shows market improvement on the court, he will be very hard to trade (and if he were to show that improvement would you want to trade him.

  1. goforthanddie - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Have they burnt their amnesty option already? Yes or no, dude has to go. Take anything you can get, or tell him stay home for 3 years. He’s nothing but trouble for that team.

  2. slowclyde86 - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    How many bad, as in avert your eyes bad, contracts can this franchise write. It’ uncanny, really.

    • nichobert - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      That said..
      Blatche is the only bad contract they have on their roster. The Arenas extension was terrible, but they hoodwinked Orlando into taking it off their hands for Rashard Lewis and his shorter horrendous contract.
      They’ve been pretty fiscally responsible for the last few years- Nick Young averaged 17ppg for them last year and they refused to give him a long term deal, giving him 1 year / 3 million dollars. Also declined locking up Javale McGee until seeing if he grows anymore this year (and for all his boneheaded highlights, his PER of 19.64 has him between Roy Hibbert & Tyson Chandler, above Marc Gasol, DeAndre, Dalembert, Nene )

      They’ve clearly learned from their mistakes. They need to amnesty Blatche because they aren’t going to find a trade partner without taking on a new questionable talent on a scary contract. The absolute best they can hope for is an Arenas for Lewis Part II where they bring in a Darko or Villanueva and pay him through 2013-2014 instead of 2014-2015

  3. milgbwisc - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Milwaukee

    • nichobert - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:53 PM

      Who would they trade for him? Steven Jackson’s deal is 2 years shorter and would basically be a wet dream for the Wizards and S-Jax who could shoot to his heart’s content.

      Or Drew Gooden? Blatche has way more upside than Gooden, but Skiles would hate Blatche even more. Both contracts go to 2015.

      All I know about Milwaukee is that the Wizards are gunning for Ilyasova this offseason.

  4. thetruth113 - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    How can you question that man’s effort and hustle after watching this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDzRvZcFn48

  5. raidmagic - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    I’d like to see him on a team with a strong coach I bet he could be really good but no way anyone touches him at that money

    • goforthanddie - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      Boston would seem a great place for him. Plenty of veterans to lean on him, Doc knows his stuff, and they need to get younger.
      I really don’t think it matters though. He’s getting his money regardless, and doesn’t seem at all interested in being worth a damn.

  6. HitsDingers - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    You mean Baltche?

  7. bparmalee - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    At some point… assuming no one will trade for him… they just need to sit him down. Make him sit at the end of the bench…every night..and be a reminder to John Wall, Nick Young and Javale Mcgee to play the right way. Andray Blatche is 6′ 11″ 260 (yeah right) and thinks he is a SG. If he was the only issue on this team..then by all means amnesty him but he is not the only malcontent. The Wizards need a change in work ethic and they need to make an example of this guy. He is going to get his money no matter what..so make him the new mascot. Sit him all the way at the end and put a coach between him and the rest of the team. At practice make him show up..then make him sit and watch. They need to take a hardline with these guys. All you can really control is playing time…so thats the best place to start. When the Bobcats don’t want you….. you are dead to the NBA world. I mean Tyrus Thomas is terrible also… his deal is just a bit better.

    • nichobert - Feb 28, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      He has been sitting every night. The rumor is that his injury isn’t real and that they’re trying to get him back into shape physically and mentally.

      The Wizards need to make sure that they have McGee locked up for at least one year past when they get rid of Blatche via trade/amnesty/buyout and decline to resign Nick Young. I feel that those 2 players have carried over Gilbert’s locker room poison and have been a major factor in why McGee took so long to start developing.

  8. SOSB - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    The poster child for why the NBA shouldn’t have guaranteed contracts, right here…

    • kast2l - Feb 28, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      eh you could never get the union to not have guaranteed contracts plus you have to hold accountable the GMs that offer those deals, like everyone knows joe johnson isn’t a max deal player but he would be foolish to not take it.

      • SOSB - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        Not arguing any of that. Just saying, if the owners wanted to make that argument, a guy like Blatche is the poster child for your argument.

  9. seanb20124 - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Is he still the team captain??

  10. glink123 - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Blatche only makes $7 million per year, and last year he was a 17 ppg and 8 rpg player. His numbers have improved statistically in every significant category each of his first 6 seasons in the league. Is he a total head-case? absolutely. Is he an immature little hood rat? most definitely. But he’s a low-risk proposition at $7 million a year. Kobe would straighten his ass out in a hurry.

  11. weaselpuppy - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Blatche for Charlie V????

    Pleaase be true. If you hated Blatche’s work ethic, effort, indifference and playing small as a 6’10 250ish dude, you’ll love Charlie V, as he has elevated all of the above to an art form. plus he looks like a character from a horror movie….

    I’d let Sebastian Janikoswki kick me in the balls if it meant Charlie V would be amnestied/cut/traded or rubbed out.

  12. losntina69 - Feb 28, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    How about the Wizards throw in Ernie Grunfeld as part of the deal. Or better yet if they tell Blatche to stay home maybe Ernie can drive him around. The GM started off good but started messing up with the Arenas signing and then everything else. I would suggest that no matter the cost they cut this guy or better yet trade him for a years worth of hot dogs to give away to the fans. This guy is a useless talent, after all these years in the league he is not getting any better. Cut him or buy him out pay penalties what ever it takes, but take this cancer out of that locker room. Plus everyone else that is a cancer to this team. John Wall is supposed to be what Derrick Rose is to the Bulls and what Westbrook is to the thunder, instead we got a player with a lot of talent, that at this rate will never pan out into anything more then what he is today. Save John Wall by adding talent or do him a favor and trade him for picks or other talent. Blatche should be gone, the GM gone, Mcgee give him one more year with a new hard nosed coach, Lewis should be gone and Nick Young should be traded for a free pass to Disney World.

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