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Report: Andray Blatche agrees to re-sign with Nets

Jul 1, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

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Andray Blatche was a more than serviceable big off the bench for the Nets last season, and it looks as though he’ll get a chance to repeat that performance next year.

Blatche has agreed to re-sign with Brooklyn, as first reported by longtime NBA scribe Peter Vecsey. Howard Beck of the New York Times reported that it’s a one-year deal worth $1.4 million, but that won’t make up anywhere near the entirety of Blatche’s salary for next season.

After being amnestied by the Wizards before last season, Washington is still on the hook for Blatche’s salary, and like everything else spelled out in the collective bargaining agreement, there’s a complicated formula for determining just how much his former team will have to pay. In this case, it comes out to a figure in the neighborhood of $7.5 million on top of the $1.4 he’ll receive from the Nets.

The numbers and the production are nice discussion points, but the most intriguing part of all of this is how Blatche will mesh with Kevin Garnett next season, who’s notorious for demanding maximum effort and intensity from his teammates, especially on the defensive end of the floor, at all times.

Blatche has had a history of being a bit of a goof in the effort department, but entering his ninth NBA season and with Garnett coming in to regulate, you’d expect that he’d find a way to fall in line behind the leadership of one of the game’s all-time greats.

Blatche averaged 10.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in just 19 minutes per game, while shooting a career-best 51.2 percent from the field for the Nets last season.

  1. saint1997 - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Having KG in his face can only be good for this kid who looked to finally be near putting things together last season

  2. pmx8411 - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Blatche can play….if he can polish his offensive game and play effort defense he can be an all-star

  3. savvybynature - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    So that all-star team that everyone said wouldn’t be able to contend because they were too old and lacked depth will now have Jason Terry and reportedly Andray Blatche and Kyle Korver on the bench.
    Not bad for a team put together on the fly and through a series of seemingly misguided, short-sighted decisions. Not sure how the Nets are doing it, but hat tip to ‘em.

    • melkipershero - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      You know last offseason it seemed they were adding money because they could. They had no shot last season. This year they actually have a chance. I still think theyre behind Miami, Indy, and Chicago but they have passed the Knicks in my opinion. That seems to be goal #1. Not sure about the Jason Kidd decision. The Nets have a 1-2 year window and hiring a rookie coach is a head scratcher.

  4. dfh3456 - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Will also have Reggie Evans off the bench.

  5. bifford - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Surprised he didn’t look for the payday. There must be some amazing strip clubs in Brooklyn.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:16 AM

      Every dollar he gets from his current team reduces what Washington owes him, with roughly a 2-1 tradeoff. For example, if he had signed for $3.4 million instead of $1.4 million, he’d only make roughly one million more because Washington would owe him less. He’s also said he wants to make the Wiz pay him as much as possible, so look for him to sign for the minimum again next year, and then the Nets will have his full Bird Rights once his amnesty payments are done.

  6. observingii - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    $9M for a guy off the bench seems like a pretty good payday!

  7. muhangis - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    For those who don’t study stats, Blatche is the most under-rated PF in the NBA. He should be a starter, and he’d do wonders for a team like OKC or the Knicks (Amare always injured) who lack a good power forward.

  8. cmehustle - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    Yesssssssssssssssssss!!

    • volkanyegin - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:08 AM

      Is that you Blatche?

  9. unxpexted1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Nice move for the Nets again. They have a lot of good pieces, just dont know how J Kidd is going to do putting them together for on a win now team as a coach with no experience.

  10. money2long - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    i remember watching an episode of the “nets, the association” and im paraphrasing but, avery johnson was in a meeting with his team and mentioned how he admired blatche for admitting that if he could play against one guy for an entire season it would be kevin garnett. he said that showed him something about blatche’s heart or so.

    this is a nice article to get into now that the two are teammates if you’re interested.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/08/AR2010040805390.html

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