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Rumor: Andray Blatche and the Pelicans have mutual interest

Jun 14, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

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Officially no team can talk to a free agent until July 1. For example, the Bulls/Lakers/Rockets/Heat/etc. may want to talk to Carmelo Anthony, but they can’t make any kind of official contact with him until the calendar flips to July. (There are a myriad of ways to send a message through back channels to a player to let him know you’re interested, but that’s another story.)

With that, there are a lot of rumors right now and a lot of them come from agents who want to make it seem like there is real demand for their clients, driving up the price.

But sometimes the rumors make sense, in a basketball and money way. Like this one about Andray Blatche and the New Orleans Pelicans, via Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders.

The Pelicans have a potentially powerful front line with Anthony Davis and a hopefully healthy Ryan Anderson next season. Last season those two were supposed to be paired with Jason Smith and Greg Stiemsma, but that didn’t work out so well. Smith is a free agent and they could bring him back on an affordable contract, but they would like another quality big in that rotation.

Blatche is a quality big. His style of play would blend well with Davis and Anderson, and with how Monty Williams wants to play. There is a potentially good fit.

Of course, the Nets want him back and there will be other teams trying to get in the mix as well. Which is to say Blatche is going to make more than the $1.4 million he made last season. He has a nice raise coming.

  1. redbaronx - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Since when is Blatche a “quality big”??? So he played one season where he wasn’t a total bum and now he’s a quality big??? Really???

    • Kevin S. - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:02 AM

      Since most of his career. He’s really only had one season when he was a total bum, and it was that season that wound up getting him amnestied and giving the Nets two years of solid production at the minimum. He’s a knucklehead and you need a strong locker room to keep him on task, but the talent has always been there, and the production has typically followed.

      • redbaronx - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:56 AM

        @Kevin S – I don’t know which Andray Blatche you’ve been watching, but as a Wizards fan I’ve been watching him since day 1 when he came into the NBA. “Most of his career” is not 1 year. 10 points 5 boards a game in an average of 22 minutes a game is not “solid production”. It’s pretty astounding that anyone gives him 22 minutes a game. But hey he’s the Nets problem now and we’re happy he’s gone.

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        10 points and 5 boards in 22 minutes is very solid.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:03 AM

      Total bum?

      His career PER is 16.8 and league average

      According to you, he’s been a bum for 6 years and only played one good season.

      What does that make ALL the league average players who are worse than him then?

      His last two seasons have been solid, not great, but solid.

      His true shooting percentages in the last two seasons are the two highest in his career.

      His points scored per 36 min’s of court time the past two seasons are the two highest in his 7 seasons too at 19.5 and 18.3 points per 36 min’s of court time.

      He’s pull down over 8 and 9 boards the past two seasons per 36 min’s of court time.

      His field goal percentages of the past two seasons are his best and 3rd best in his career.

      So, the past two seasons he has been pretty darn good…

      And he’ll just turn 28 later this summer.

      I’d say right NOW is the time to have this player in terms of any other time in his career. His last two seasons were good, he’s figured the game out more and he’s still in his prime.

      Lock him up for like 4 yrs and then decide later based on how he does.

      Now, don’t Overpay, BUT there are not 5 LBJ’s for each teams starting five you know… and due to this, there ARE places for the Andray Blatche’s in the league…

      • redbaronx - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        You can use PER all you want. Doesn’t change the fact that there’s a reason he plays 22 minutes a game last year which is the highest in his career…..

        Lesson: Don’t use PER as your measuring stick. Take a look at Diaw’s career PER, and then tell me if you’d rather have Blatche on your team or Diaw….

      • oasis511 - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        “there’s a reason he plays 22 minutes a game last year which is the highest in his career…”

        Considering you claim to be a Wizards fan who has watched Blatche’s entire career, you have to realize what you just said is completely untrue. Or maybe you’re just being ignorant. Blatche averaged 28 and 34 minutes a game with the Wizards during his two best seasons there.

        Boris Diaw’s career PER is low because Diaw has been a huge underachiever in many of the places he has played. After he left Phoenix five years ago, he proceeded to gain about 30 pounds and got out of shape. Before Charlotte got rid of him, he was averaging 7.5 points and shooting 41% in 28 minutes a game for them.

        PER is also a pace-adjusted stat, which means it adjusts for his over-inflated stats in Phoenix. You used Diaw because he’s playing well in the Finals right now, but the truth is he is in just the right system playing against just the right matchup right now. If he was on a different team or playing against a different team, he might not be as effective.

  2. mackcarrington - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    One of the ways to send a message through the back channels is to contact a writer for PBT and inform him of your interest.
    They’ll publish a story for all the world to see, thus signaling your interest in said player.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:39 AM

      Shhhh! Don’t give it up by dry snitching! lol

  3. cj1403 - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Isn’t Blatche still earning like 10 million + from his deak with the Wizards?

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      scroll to the bottom and this shows how much a players made in his career and what the contract he’s currently under is, how many years, options etc…

      this site has this info for every player and pretty much every past player too…

      http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/b/blatcan01.html

      It says the 2014/15 season is a player option for him. If he opts in, he’ll make $1.437 million…

      the info on money is always near the bottom as the format is the same for every player on their site..

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      And to answer your question, no he isn’t earning any money from the Wiz still.

      Also, his HIGHEST salary with the Wiz was $7.1 million and only for one season, his last with the Wiz.

      His last 6 seasons with the Wiz, he made the following:

      07/08 $2.470 million
      08/09 $2.739 million
      09/10 $3 million
      10/11 $5.9 million
      11/12 $6.442 million
      12/13 $7.118 million

      yeah, he was WAY overpaid those years…

      he earned $1.1 two years ago from Nets and $1.3 million this past season from Nets.

  4. cj1403 - Jun 14, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    *deal

  5. enigma2742 - Jun 14, 2014 at 3:24 AM

    NO DISRESPECT KNUCKLEHEAD. IF HE’S IN YOUR LOCKER ROOM YOU BETTER HAVE LOTS OF VETERANS PRESENTS. IF NOT DONT TAKE HIM

  6. canadatude - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:46 AM

    First they pay big bucks not to play, now it’s big bucks to play again? Gotta love this league! Sign me up.

  7. maf586 - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    @redbaronx he had back to back quality years in Brooklyn, look at his efficiency ratings and no misconduct… and still has one year of his amnesty.

    Yes, Blatche could sign elsewhere for more years but this year he will be making roughly the same amount because the amnesty money. He should stay in BK

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