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Report: One way or another, Wizards want out of Blatche game

Jul 10, 2012, 12:51 PM EST

Andray Blatche AP

Priority No. 1 for the Washington Wizards had to be changing the locker room culture. It made judging players impossible. As yourself this question: If Rajon Rondo was drafted to Wizards and John Wall came out of college paired with the veteran leaders in Boston, how would they be different players now?

So Washington has made its moves. JaVale McGee is gone, Nene is in. Character guys are starting to fill out the roster.

Which leaves the question of what to do with Andray Blatche? One way or another, Marc Stein of ESPN tweets the Wizards may want him gone.

Amnesty scuttle: Hearing Wiz giving “renewed consideration” to releasing Andray Blatche through amnesty clause during July 11-17 window… Wiz obviously don’t want to eat $23+ mil still owed Blatche. But they also want to move on w/out him & know trade would be near-miraculous

In other words Wiz have ’til July 17 to keep scouring for Blatche trade. Wiz choice then, I’m told, is amnesty or pay Blatche to stay home

I think we’ve learned in the last few years that no NBA contract is untradeable. But Blatche’s is about as close as it gets — three years and more than $23 million remain on his deal. For a guy with a lot of raw talent but who doesn’t seem to respect the game or his gifts.

Amnesty makes more sense – sometimes you just need to bite the bullet. But we will see.

  1. tomtravis76 - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Blatche plays lazy. He could turn it around, but it won’t happen in DC, sometimes it takes being shown the door to realize you need to work harder when being paid millions of dollars.

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      Bad management decision to bring him to DC in the first place and throw crazy money at him. Reminds me of the deals the Wizards made with Arenas and Rashad Lewis.No wonder this franchise is reeling.

      • genericcommenter - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        It was a bad decision to draft him in the 2nd round and pay him minimum salaries for a couple years? Point taken, but he wasn’t a high salary free agent addition. He was a low draft pick project. Now, you are right- it was probably a bad decision to RE-sign him to a crazy contract. But they didn’t bring him so much as they kept him from leaving, which is guess is similar to Arenas on a lower scale.

      • jwreck - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:09 PM

        It’s impossible to deny the franchise has been “reeling” for the last five years or so. Things don’t look great in Washington right now, but the reeling does at least seem to be slowing lately. However, the Arenas/Lewis deal is the least of the mistakes in DC. Gilbert needed to go for both locker room and PR reasons, and while Lewis did have a hugely oversized contract, he filled a need at the time and was at least a hard worker and good teammate, the polar opposite of Blatche. The point is, like Blatche, the Wizards had no choice but to get rid of Arenas. If a similar situation arises, where Washington is able to get rid of Blatche in exchange for taking on some other obese contract, they need to do it. A good teammate with an exhorbitant contract (Rashard Lewis) is infinitely better than a virulent locker room cancer with an exhorbitant contract ( Andray Blatche)

    • jesweeney11 - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      What is he going to learn by being shown the door? That he still gets paid millions to sit home? What he needs is a heart to heart with Antoine Walker and some of the others who have misplayed their careers into hot garbage.

  2. stayhigh_247 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Hot Garbage!!!! Trade him to Charlotte, i’m sure Mj thinks this guy is a find. This dude make Kwame Brown look like a perennial all star. But you know what DC, when you make bad decisions you have to live with them, and thanks for stunting John Walls growth btw…

  3. cheers4ablumpkin - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Use blathce for the Dwight Howard trade. Wizards can be that 3rd team need to complete that trade.

  4. kwf1224 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    The Wizards are trying to make their team worse.

  5. klownboy - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Sometimes you have to get worse in order to be better (a tired cliche but anyway). You can’t have this clown Blatche on this team. Trade or amnesty his ass…

  6. ezmoney365 - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Wait a minute, isnt Ernie Grumsfield still the GM?!?….so Blatche will probably have a Max contract next week. SMH Blatche should of been out of the league yrs ago, hes trash! and i still say the wizards should have drafted Thomas Robinson! Nene is injury prone and old, Okafor is purely a defensive center. Thomas Robinson to me is a peice a team could build around for yrs to come…oh yeah not to mention replace Blatche

  7. fm31970 - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    “Amnesty makes more sense – sometimes you just need to bite the bullet”

    I see what you did there.

    Pay him to stay home? Is he THAT bad?? Miracles happen- Joe Johnson was traded for crying out loud.

  8. opinevain - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    I’m pretty sure if Blatche is given the amnesty clause, then he’ll just find ways to blow it in DC clubs as he has so gratefully done since he has been in the league

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