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Andray Blatche opts out as expected, becomes unrestricted free agent

Jun 20, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT

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Andray Blatche was a serviceable reserve for the Nets this past season, and though his offensive possessions were adventurous at times, his skill set overall was beneficial to the Brooklyn bench.

It was expected that Blatche would seek a higher-dollar deal this summer, after signing on for a minimum contract following his being amnestied by the Wizards two seasons ago.

Blatche’s agent made his opt-out official on friday.

From Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York:

Blatche had told reporters on breakup day that he intended to opt out, so the move comes as no surprise.

The 27-year-old held a player option with Brooklyn for 2014-15 for just $1.4 million.

Blatche is now free to sign with any team.

The Nets have Blatche’s early Bird rights, meaning they’d be able to offer him a new deal for as much as four years, $25 million.

It’s more than likely that Blatche will be able to get a better deal elsewhere than what the Nets would be willing to offer, considering there’s a logjam of sorts in the frontcourt with Brook Lopez, Mirza Teletovic and Mason Plumlee all locked in for next year — and that’s before we even add Kevin Garnett to the mix in the event he chooses to return for a 20th NBA season.

Blatche will easily command a multi-year deal on the open market for the mid-level exception or more. He averaged 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game for the Nets last season.

  1. angulocarlos1 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    You know what I haven’t had in a while… Big League Chew

  2. muhangis - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    The most underrated big man in the NBA.

    • ss3walkman - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      This is a player Miami Heat needs to sign if they want to try and get back to the finals

  3. shanelsweet - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    “Blatche will easily command a multi-year deal on the open market for the mid-level exception or more. He averaged 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game for the Nets last season.”

    I’ll bet an ice cold beverage of your choosing that doesn’t happen. Blatche hasn’t done nearly enough to earn another big contract yet given the length and breadth of his knucklehead good times before the Wiz amnestied him.

    His buddy Gilbert Arenas still can’t find a job. Mark my words, his partner N Young is going to be disappointed too. It’s a new day under this CBA, and the new way is to spend a lot on a few and just the minimum on the rest. GM’s and coaches like players that can’t smile after they lose a game. A grinning chucker appeals to the fans, but they aren’t worth the mid-level exception or more.

    Of the former 4 leading Wiz knuckleheads, only McGee got his big contract. That’s not working out so well for Denver. His money is guaranteed, and he has lots of other things that he likes to do with his time. Welcome to the “Bynum Show”, Denver. Nene costs a couple of million more, but at least he helps the Wiz win when he plays.

    If a new GM had done what the current GM just did in remaking the Wiz over the last 2-3 years, he’d win GM of the year for sure. By this time next year, another star player will want to play to join Beal, Wall and Gortat in the weak EC where winning is easier. Not to be poaching too early, but KD hails from near DC, and he strikes me as the kind of player who’d like to play at home if he could maybe win a championship ring doing it.

  4. canadatude - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Waiting for his new team to pay him NOT to play in the amnesty buy-out. Dogs it when it’s not a contract year.

  5. elcaminobilly - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Losing him will hurt the Nets. He may not put up big numbers, but he contributes quite a bit. (More than the numbers may show)

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