There is at least one productive big man left on the free agent market and that is former Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche. Blatche could have his sights on New York City as Brooklyn Nets head coach Avery Johnson is planning to meet with him in Houston to discuss a possible deal.
Last season, the Wizards amnestied Blatche and his three-year, $23.3 million contract which he will stilled be owed. The question on Blatche is his desire to play in the NBA and whether or not he will want to earn more money or just sit on the couch and collect pay checks. According to him, Blatche’s dream destination is any team that is willing to take a look at him and get him ready to play pro ball again.
The Nets have the option of signing Blatche at the veteran’s minimum and with Reggie Evans on the squad, he can take his shot at whipping Blatche into shape.
If the Nets do sign Blatche, it would give them an even deeper front court bench behind Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries.
The problem lies with the competition around the Nets to sign him. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs have all been named as possible suitors for Blatche. He has also considered the option of starting his career over in the NBA Development League.
For Blatche to get signed, he would have to reshape his entire image. He is slowly weening himself away from the party life to focus more on basketball. He recently worked out with John Lucas, who described Blatche as working very hard.
If Blatche has definitely changed his life around, a minimum deal and a 16.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game line, like he averaged two years ago, would be an incredible steal.
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