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Report: Nets take look at big man Andray Blatche

Sep 2, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

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The Brooklyn Nets are leaving no stone unturned in looking for some big man depth.

That included taking a look amnestied former Wizard center Andray Blatche, reports the New York Times.

Blatche, 26, has been working out in Houston with a number of other N.B.A. players, under the guidance of John Lucas. He was set to meet with Nets Coach Avery Johnson sometime this weekend, according to two people with knowledge of the meeting. It was not clear whether the Nets were prepared to make Blatche an immediate offer or were simply exploring their options.

I bet exploring their options.

Blatche has always been a player of unfulfilled promise. He has the athletic tools and he has had some well-played Aprils after the Wizards were eliminated from the playoffs. But sustained success has eluded him. He has the focus of a four-year old. He put up better numbers for a couple years recently (16.8 points and 8.2 rebounds a game in 2011) but he was never terribly efficient, never took control with the team. Then last year he faltered and took a step back. The Nets had moved on and amnestied him. Everyone has moved on.

He could work on a team where he just comes off the bench for 15 minutes a game and has no pressure or responsibilities. He’ll have to sign for the league minimum so it’s not a bad risk.

But don’t expect much from him. Do you think after 7 years of this Blatche is finally going to get it? He’s saying all the right things but do the Nets, with all their new pieces, want to bring his mindset into a locker room where they are trying to build some chemistry?

But someone will take a chance on Blatche before the season starts.

  1. knightrider1755 - Sep 2, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    “The Nets had moved on and amnestied him”? Really?

  2. rajbais - Sep 2, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    That’s how you replace Dwight Howard???

    Billy King messed up bad!!!

    He’s an unemployed GM that’s failing at impersonating an actual GM.

    • jerseyfinatic - Sep 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      @rajbais Please. Look at our roster last year. Then Look at our roster this year. THEN, remember Brook Lopez missed virtually EVERY single game last year. THEN, remember that Gerald Wallace was injured as well and never fully caught on. THEN remember that Deron average 8.7 APG with that TERRIBLE group of players last year. Deron, Joe, Gerald, Kris, Brook….with MARSHON BROOKS, Mirza Teletovic, CJ Watson, and Toko Shengelia coming off the bench. Blatche will fill us in at our missing back-up center. Please.

      • biasedhomer - Sep 2, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        On paper the team looks fine, but they are pretty overrated.

        Wallace is on the downside of his career and has always been injury prone.

        Josh Johnson is just living off his name. If you had watched any Atlanta game last year, you would have realized how much he has dropped off.

        Lopez is a good scorer, but he is not suited to play center.

        And Humpries had been great last season, but it seems safer to assume what he did last year is the max he can give you and replicating that will be difficult.

        The bench has some nice pieces. But will all of this mesh together and work out? IMO, they don’t have the right players around DWill.

        And if I am right and the Nets make it into the playoffs as a 7 or 8 seed, they are pretty much screwed for the next 3 years, because that is their core, and no one will take on those contracts.

      • saint1997 - Sep 3, 2012 at 4:33 AM

        Absolutely agree man go Nets! best backcourt rotation in the NBA with 3 great pfs (2 intensity rebounders and a dominant stretch in telotovic) and now just a bit moe depth and 3 and 5 we’re set for a 4/5 seed matchup with the Knicks

    • huey88 - Sep 2, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      You are crazy if you even begin to believe this.

      • huey88 - Sep 2, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        That last comment was @rajbais btw.

      • rajbais - Sep 3, 2012 at 11:03 AM

        I don’t believe Blatche is going to Brooklyn, but Billy King sucks!!

        He’s a cap space waster!!! Go ask Iguodala and Brand.

  3. jamesinva - Sep 2, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    The editing (or non-editing) on this site is getting beyond ridiculous. It’s as if my thoughts and interests on these stories completely evaporate and I start to become an English teacher wondering what in the F is being written.

    There is an article about JJ Redick where instead of saying how other teams needs a shooter, the writer wrote SHOWER.

    This story talking about Blatche and the Wizards, I read how the NETS amnestied him. Yes I see how the mistake can be made, but as a writer, you gotta keep it ALL CLEAN AND PRO. Read over your sh*t and post it up correctly. Either that or fire this moron, just ruins the article which gives the SITE a bad name.

  4. chex1868 - Sep 2, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Signing Blatche is like a normal guy trying to domesticate a hooker. Dude is a lockerroom killer.

    • knightrider1755 - Sep 2, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      There were so many locker room killers on that Wizards team how can you point to just one?

      • eventhorizon04 - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:21 AM

        …So if 5 guys are at least partially responsible for ruining a locker room, you can’t blame any of them individually?

      • knightrider1755 - Sep 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM

        eventhorizon04. Eventually, the Wizards got rid of all of them and rightly so, which tells you they blamed them all collectively, not individuallly. One bad apple won’t spoil the whole bunch but a bunch of bad apples will.

  5. LPad - Sep 2, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Blatche will benefit from getting out of the dysfunction in DC. He’s averaged 16 and 8 those are good numbers for a young player and great numbers for a player that will make the minimum.

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