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Reports: Blatche, Birdman could be amnestied by end of day

Jul 17, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

Andray Blatche AP

Tuesday is the final day teams can use their amnesty clause on players this year and a couple of players likely will be waived before the day is over.

Two guys being reported as likely targets are Andray Blatche in Washington and Chris Anderson — the Birdman — in Denver.

Blatche would not be a surprise, he has been rumored to be a candidate for a while and the Wizards are leaning toward making the move, reports David Aldridge of NBA.com.

There are two good reasons for the Wizards to do this. One is to get Blatche’s remaining $23 million deal off the books, freeing up that money to chase other players (the Wizards would still have to pay the money to Blatche, minus whatever a team would pick up in a waiver bid, but Blatche would come off the official books). The second reason is part of the locker room house cleaning in Washington — the Wizards want to change the locker room culture and sending the underachieving Blatche out is part of that.

However, Ben Standig of CSNWashington.com suggested to me at Summer League he wasn’t sure the Wizards would do it because management seems to hate the idea of paying a guy for nothing, paying him to just go away. They might rather bury him on the bench and try to move him later. He said it’s close for them.

The Anderson rumor comes from the plugged in Gery Woelfel of the Journal-Times in Wisconsin. Anderson is owed $9.3 million over the next two years and seems to be playing a decreasing role. If Denver is going to pay JaVale McGee $10 million a year for five years then letting go of Anderson saves some money.

  1. baron30 - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    whats up with the Birdman’s child pornography case?

  2. baron30 - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    also its Chris Andersen NOT Anderson.

  3. wlubake - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    I’m sure the kiddie porn thing didn’t help Andersen’s cause.

    I didn’t dream that, right? Because surely that’s worth a mention in an article about him getting amnestied.

  4. mogogo1 - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    And it’s amazing Andersen would come up without even mentioning the fact he’s under investigation for child exploitation and will almost certainly be arrested if forensic tests come back against him. His release would be about way more than just his salary.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      I agree that it’s strange the investigation wasn’t mentioned, but the rest of your comments imply knowledge of the details of the case beyond what I’ve read. Do you have a source for the latest developments? Are you an insider privy to the details? I think I read somewhere that it had something to do with a groupie/stalker who faked her age or mother/daughter groupie situation, but that may have been complete rumor. If it’s that type of situation, I’d probably believe the celeb athlete’s side 99% of the time, but any time the rumor mongers and “law enforcement” can insert “child” into a situation or portray something as a sex crime, all logic flies out the window

  5. readysethike - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    hopefully those allegation against Andersen aren’t true…clippers could use another big behind jordan

  6. tonystrong - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Rumor has it that no charges will be fired against Birdman. Don’t take that as me supporting him or anything, just stating what is going around!

    With that said, I think it’s a crime that teams can wait this long to amnesty a player. Now all of the free agent money is dried up and these guys are going to have to settle for a contract instead of having a chance to play for a solid contending team. Andray Blatche would help a lot of contending teams. Had he been on the market 2 weeks ago, he’d be facing a lot different situation then having to sign with the Raptors because they’re basically one of the only teams with any cap space left to sign anyone. All of the good teams are maxed out. Not saying he’s worth much but he’s worth a lot less with less options. As far as Birdman, not really sure the market for him but with the allegation he’s faced (even if not true) and his lack of productivity, he’s going to have a tough time finding a job period!

    • doubledown44 - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      That would be fine, but if a player gets amnestied, he still gets all of the money on his deal. Blatche could get amnestied, not even find a new team, and still get a cool $23 million more from the Wizards. How is any of that “a crime” against Blatche?

      • tonystrong - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM

        Oh man, another guy mad at his life and mad at the fact that an athlete is getting a ton of money. Stop being mad you’re only 5 foot and 175 pounds and understand that my comment has nothing to do with money. It has to do with the fact that the Wizards should have done this days ago to give the player a real chance to land with a team of his choice. Why everyone always gotta cry about money that isn’t there’s? The Wizards gave him a contract, he honored it by playing every game, so why does he have to be penalized because of it? What, should be not have signed the contract? Better yet should be he not accept the 23 million? A world full of haters lol it’s proof by the fact that people actually agree with your dumb statement.

      • rooney24 - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:25 AM

        Ah ha, we know why the moniker is tonystrong and not tonysmart. You complain that it isn’t fair to Blatche because all of the free agent money has dried up. Then, you turn around and try to say this isn’t about the money when dd44 points out that he will still make more money from his old contract than he would have from his new one.

        If I’m not mistaken, teams can still sign guys to minimum level deals. So, if your complaint is truly to allow him to play for a contender, he can still do that. He could take the minimum, pad his pay with what the Wizards are paying him, and still come out great. Now, as to whether a true contender really wants him? We’ll see. By the way, it has nothing to do with “haters”. Just because everyone disagrees with you doesn’t make them haters. It just means you may need to rethink your point.

  7. senorpapino - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    As a Pistons fan, why was Charlie Villanueva not amnestied weeks ago?

    • paleihe - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      You should ask why he was signed in the first place, lol.

      • drunkenjunk - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:05 PM

        lol, such a horrible contract for a pretty bad player.

  8. bparmalee - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    The real question is will this have an impact on Blatche’s NBA2K rating because he is kinda of a beast in that game. He clearly has a lot to learn from his digital counterpart.

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