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  1. Blatche says he is willing to play anywhere — even D-League

    Aug 22, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors shot is blocked by Washington Wizards' Blatche during their NBA game in Washington

    Andray Blatche — the talented but mercurial big man recently amnestied by the Washington Wizards — is one of those NBA players standing on the sidelines right now waiting for someone to point at him and say “get in the game.” There have been nibbles on the line — how serious depends upon who you…

  2. Andray Blatche says all the right things while waiting for the call

    Aug 19, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee

    Andray Blatche personified a lot of the problems for the post-Arenas era in Washington that the Wizards have tried so hard to shake. A hot shooting stretch after Arenas was suspended and Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison were traded in a blow-up lead to a huge contract. Knuckleheaded behavior and poor shot selection soon followed,…

  3. Tuesday and-1 links: What would a 1968 Dream Team look like?

    Aug 7, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

    Ryan Lochte

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like Brazilians love soccer. (Well, not that much.) • As you can see with…

  4. The Heat are looking at Andray Blatche, but it’s not serious

    Aug 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    It is very much the “dating but not in a relationship” kind of deal. There have been reports that Andray Blatche was on the Heat’s radar. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Heat are looking at him, but it’s far from a done deal, especially because of Blatche’s market value: ..just because, as ESPN…

  5. The Birdman would play for veteran minimum… in New York?

    Aug 4, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    CAnderson_necktat

    Tattoo artists of New York, don’t get your hopes up too high yet, but a big new canvas could be coming to town… if you can find some space on it. But like we said, don’t get your hopes up yet. We’re a long way from knowing how this story ends. Chris Andersen — the…

  6. Friday And-1 links: Can the Brooklyn Nets be hip?

    Aug 3, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    US rapper Jay-Z performs during a concer

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like 8-year-old girls love gymnasts. • Really fascinating post over at Nets Are Scorching:…

  7. Winderman: Despite Dwightmare, we’ve reached NBA slow season

    Aug 1, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    In a non-Dwight year, this is when it tends to stop, in August. As an NBA executive recently explained, there tend to be four stages to the offseason when it comes to personnel moves: – The start of the free-agency period and the resulting immediate frenzy. – The period shortly thereafter when offer sheets are…

  8. John Wall sounds like he knows he needs to have a big year

    Aug 1, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

    John Wall

    It’s time for John Wall. He came into the league as a No. 1 overall pick with the promise that he could be one of those few and hard to find true franchise anchor players in the NBA. That he could be a guy who changed the fortune of a franchise for a decade or…

  9. Gilbert Arenas’ old home for sale, complete with shark tank

    Jul 26, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Arenas shark tank

    Gilbert Arenas was fun. Because as fans we love guys who are wildly unpredictable. That’s different than saying you really wanted him as the anchor of your franchise, because his idea of fun crossed all kinds of lines at times. Basically vintage Arenas was great for fans and bad for locker rooms. But the Wizards…

  10. Andray Blatche: “I apologize for the effort I gave out there”

    Jul 19, 2012, 8:41 AM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    Andray Blatche has been amnestied by the Washington Wizards — they were willing to pay $23 million dollars to have him leave the roster and go somewhere else. That’s a harsh reality. They caught up with him at CSNWashington.com and talked to him about his time with the Wizards. The key part was his response…

  11. JaVale McGee signs deal to stay with Nuggets

    Jul 18, 2012, 11:41 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee signing

    Big men get paid in the NBA. It was ever thus. And it continues — JaVale McGee tweeted out the news (with a picture) of him signing to stay with the Denver Nuggets. According to Marc Spears of Yahoo it is a four-year, $44 million deal. That is more money per year but a shorter…

  12. It’s official, Wizards amnesty Andray Blatche. Any takers?

    Jul 17, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche, Ryan Anderson

    We told you before this was coming — the Washington Wizards have decided to amnesty big man Andray Blatche, who was owed $23 million over the next three years, first reported by Michael Lee at the Washington Post and since confirmed by Wizards owner Ted Leonsis on his blog. “Andray’s time in D.C. didn’t unfold…

  13. Reports: Blatche, Birdman could be amnestied by end of day

    Jul 17, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    Tuesday is the final day teams can use their amnesty clause on players this year and a couple of players likely will be waived before the day is over. Two guys being reported as likely targets are Andray Blatche in Washington and Chris Anderson — the Birdman — in Denver. Blatche would not be a…

  14. Report: One way or another, Wizards want out of Blatche game

    Jul 10, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    Priority No. 1 for the Washington Wizards had to be changing the locker room culture. It made judging players impossible. As yourself this question: If Rajon Rondo was drafted to Wizards and John Wall came out of college paired with the veteran leaders in Boston, how would they be different players now? So Washington has…

  15. Three potential NBA Draft busts (but we hope not)

    Jun 25, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

    West Virginia v Connecticut

    I hate the idea of calling a guy a bust before the draft. You simply can’t say a guy will not pan out before he steps on the court for even a Summer League game. Let alone for an NBA game. Some guys rise to the challenge of stiffer competition. Some guys take a few…

  16. Three guys who could be the surprise second best player in this draft

    Jun 23, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Make no mistake, this is the Anthony Davis draft. He is the franchise player, the guy who can be a top 10 player in the league, the guy you build a contender around, the guy people pay to see. The Hornets have literally won the lottery. After that there is a consensus of guys going…

  17. Is Andre Drummond sliding down draft boards?

    Jun 21, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT

    Uconn's Drummond fights for the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair and Fab Melo defend during their game at the 2012 Big East men's NCAA college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York

    There’s no doubt that if Andre Drummond can put it all together — he has the size, the athleticism, he can defend and rebound — he could be one of the better big men in the NBA in a few years. You could have said the same thing about Andray Blatche. It is that concern…

  18. It’s official, Randy Wittman to be retained as Wizards coach

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    We’ve known this is coming for days now, but Washington is about to make official they are making the safe play. Monday afternoon the Washington Wizards will host a press conference to announce Randy Wittman will have the interim tag removed as coach and he will return with a two-year deal. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo…

  19. Another report Wizards will retain Randy Wittman as coach

    Jun 1, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    While the team itself denies that there is any decision made, more and more reports are bubbling up that the Washington Wizards have decided to strip the interim tag off Randy Wittman and keep him as coach. The latest such report comes from Ric Bucher at ESPN: Had the Wizards won the draft lottery and…

  20. Thursday And-1 links: Relive roller coaster 76ers season

    May 31, 2012, 8:42 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Six

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Philly surprised people out of the gate this season, lost their way for…

  21. Report: Wizards shopping Rashard Lewis, Andray Blatche

    May 30, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    Andray Blatche Wizards

    Cue Henny Youngman: Take our bad contracts — please. The Wizards need to remake their roster and they are actively trying to get rid of their two biggest remaining contract errors one way or another, reports the Washington Post. The Wizards can buy out Rashard Lewis for “just” $13.7 million before July 1. They also…

  22. Is next season the season John Wall breaks out?

    Apr 30, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    John Wall

    I’ll admit, I was fooled. I saw John Wall crisscrossing the country looking phenomenal in the wide-open, no-defense rec leagues and charity games last summer and thought he could translate that to the NBA. I thought he looked healthy. When left open his jumper fell, when given room to use his athletic gifts he was…

  23. Wizards to keep Ernie Grunfeld around a couple more years

    Apr 24, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    Ernie Grunfeld will be charged with cleaning up his own mess. The team president will stay as the man guiding the Wizards ship for at least a couple more years, reports CSNWashington.com (the Washington Post broke the story). Grunfeld has been with the team since 2003 and now will be with them through the summer…

  24. LeBron’s pregame music: Wu-Tang, Jay-Z and some DMX

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers

    When you think of LeBron’s pregame ritual, you probably think of the chalk toss he stole from MJ. But music is part of it, too, long before he takes the court. It’s that way with a lot of players. They sit at their locker wearing Beats by Dre listening to whatever and getting into a…

  25. Andray Blatche’s mom says her son’s problem is himself

    Mar 30, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors shot is blocked by Washington Wizards' Blatche during their NBA game in Washington

    Tough love. Andray Blatche’s mom loves her son, and it cannot be easy for any parent to hear their child get booed by 15,000 people (or however many actually show up for Wizards games now days). Especially when she knows her son tends to respond better to positive reinforcement than negative. Blatche told the Washington…

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