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Report: Andray Blatche agrees to terms with Nets

Sep 6, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

Andray Blatche AP

UPDATE  Sept. 6, 9:20 am: We mention below that the deal is not yet signed, but a report by Michael Lee in the Washington Post takes it a step further.

But according to two sources close to Blatche, the 6-foot-11 forward has yet to make a decision and is also considering an offer from the Miami Heat. One person close to Blatche said, “Nothing is finalized.”

That would be agent/manager speak for “we are going to put this out there and hope someone will jump in with a better deal.” For either more than the league minimum (which this likely is) or at least a guaranteed deal, which this is not.

But for Blatche, he may have to take what is on the table. There was a reason teams did not race in after the Wizards used their amnesty on him last month. He has to prove himself.

Sept. 5, 8:14 pm: The Nets, already an interesting experiment in chemistry next season, just got a little more entertaining.

Andray Blatche will be joining them in Brooklyn, something first tweeted by Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports and confirmed by Marc Stein at ESPN. This would be a one year deal and a non-guaranteed deal — the Nets could cut him during training camp — but it is expected he would be kept on the roster.

The Wizards used their amnesty on Blatche this summer, finishing a remaking of their locker room that was considered one of the least professional in the NBA. Blatche and his up and down effort were part of that.

Blatche has been down in Houston working with former NBA coach John Lucas both on his game and trying to rehab his reputation. He has the athletic tools to be a very effective NBA player and showed that a few times in April after the Wizards were eliminated from playoff contention. Two seasons ago he averaged 16.8 points and 8.2 rebounds a game, but he was never efficient on the court and was very up and down. Then last season his game took a big a step back. The Wizards decided to move on.

But for the Nets this is a good gamble. Blatche can play the four or the five. Brook Lopez and Chris Humphries will start and Mirza Teletovic and Reggie Evans are behind them, but there are minutes to be grabbed if Blatche can play well.

And he can, the question is can he do it consistently. Or will he frustrate Avery Johnson like he has so many coaches before.

  1. bballdad - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Come on Pat! You let this one get away.

    • miamatt - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      I agree he could have been an intriguing pick up for the Heat, but there are a plethora of reasons nobody wanted him. Just ask any Wizards fan.

      Even if he ended up in Miami, things would have been going seriously wrong if he played a role of any significance.

    • cantonbound13 - Sep 6, 2012 at 8:39 AM

      He’s no Eddie Curry, lol!!!

      • khadeemw - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:14 PM

        Eddy Curry>Stephen Curry

  2. readysethike - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    if your only job was to cover sports you could atleast spell a players name right

  3. deadeyedesign23 - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Was he very up and down?

  4. money2long - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Playing with an elite playmaker in Deron Williams can only help him get back on track. For a one year deal, if he performs well, this will pay dividends when he hits the open market once again.

  5. fastwillie39 - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Watched him in DC for the last seven years. He cannot play the 5- no way and he is still too immature to contribute on a good team. No one should be excited to sign him

    • miamatt - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      Exactly. “Excited” and “Blatche” don’t belong in the same sentence unless said sentence is, “Andray Blatche sure got excited about all-you-can-eat at the Sizzler.”

  6. voorheesma - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    As a Wiz fan, this guy is a mess. Livin in Brooklynn likely is not a good setting for this clown. Disaster waiting to happen.

  7. bcjim - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Thinks he is Dirk…and he isn’t. Refuses to mix it up down low which its what he needs to do.

  8. nickbrezzy - Sep 6, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    I think hes a great back up pf for them with a ton of upside

  9. bougin89 - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    This guy is a turd. People can talk all day about potential but at some point its either realized or it just isn’t.

    I can’t stand guys that could make an impact but are too lazy to put in the effort. Guys like this are why guaranteed contracts can get ugly in the NBA. Nobody should pay this guy anything to play basketball.

    Ok, I’m sorry, this will be my last rant about this turd.

  10. fastwillie39 - Sep 6, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Stop talking about his potential, he is lazier than Kwame Brown which means he will last in the league another 10 years!!

  11. bknowledge - Sep 7, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    I think Reggie Evans should play the first 4 minutes of every quarter. Brook Lopez should play the last eight minutes of every quarter.

    I would start:

    Evans
    Humphries
    Teletovic
    Joe J
    Deron

    At 4 minute mark:

    Brook
    Humphries
    Gerald
    Joe
    Deron

    this team would also finish halves and the game.
    I would try to always have either Joe or Deron on court.

    • money2long - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      you would get fired as coach. i wouldn’t try that strategy. seems like you’re just toying with an already established lineup.

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