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Blatche says he is willing to play anywhere — even D-League

Aug 22, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors shot is blocked by Washington Wizards' Blatche during their NBA game in Washington Reuters

Andray Blatche — the talented but mercurial big man recently amnestied by the Washington Wizards — is one of those NBA players standing on the sidelines right now waiting for someone to point at him and say “get in the game.”

There have been nibbles on the line — how serious depends upon who you ask — but no big fish yet. Certainly not for much more than the veteran minimum.

Speaking with the Syracuse Post-Standard (as discovered by Ben Standig of CSNWashington.com) Blatche said all the right things about just wanting to get back in the game.

My dream destination right now would be back on the court. For real. Just to get back on the court,” he said. “It’s something I love to do. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Heat or the Spurs or the D League. Whatever. As long as I’m back on the court playing ball.”

You really think Blatche would stick in the D-League? Bus rides and shared two-star hotel rooms?

Some team is going to give Blatche a shot. There’s a lot of talent there, someone will roll the dice that either he has matured or their locker room culture can keep him in check.

But if he wasn’t serious about his words, if this time he hasn’t matured both on and off the court, it may be his last shot. Unless he really does want to play in the D-League.

  1. drunkenjunk - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    you can come play for the Texas Legends.

  2. sellahh - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    this article was posted like 3 days ago… i guess its a repost, huh? who cares about blatche aNYWAYS..

  3. eventhorizon04 - Aug 23, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    …As I wrote in the previous article that said basically the same thing, “Blatche is waiting for a team to make an offer,” he has enough potential to warrant the veteran’s minimum.

    It’ll have to be a team concerned about a lack of size (especially given Howard is on the Lakers) that won’t need Blatche to contribute early on but would hope to have him play a role later.

    Spurs and Heat come to mind. Celtics would if they hadn’t just drafted Sullinger and Fab Melo in the first round (they’d probably rather have those guys develop than take a chance on Blatche.)

  4. jjordannba - Aug 23, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Smh, I bet he regrets taking the position he was in for granted and not taking his profession seriously on that Wizards team. Hopefully he sees now that you can’t waste your time in this sport and he has matured enough to play at his full potential and make an impact on a team because the talent is there.

  5. 00maltliquor - Aug 23, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    Come to the LA Defenders Andray!!!

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