The Brooklyn Nets and free agent center Andray Blatche have officially agreed to a non-guaranteed deal which will put him in the midst of the competition to be on the Nets bench come Nov. 1. Blatche’s deal comes two months after the Washington Wizards amnestied him in July.
The Nets are hoping that Blatche can be a productive big man off the bench backing up center Brook Lopez. The team is also hoping that Blatche can keep cool being a bench player after being a starter for the Wizards for a little while. The team believes that they could ring out another few good seasons like Blatche has had in the past.
Before the problems arose last season, Blatche had a career year in 2011 averaging 16.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in 64 games. Last season, Blatche had problems with conditioning and he was benched in January. It was not a very good year between him and the Wizards’ organization.
Consider this a high-risk, high-reward move for the Nets at this time. Even though, Blatche has been improving his image and his game this season, according to reports, he will have to prove it to the world this season. Blatche needs to keep his head for all of this to work out. He has proven that when under the right mindset, he can dominate the game.
Blatche joins Josh Childress as the other non-guaranteed signee for the Nets Tuesday. The team also signed veterans Jerry Stackhouse and Keith Bogans to one-year deals this summer.
The Nets have a deep bench this season and could make a run in the Eastern Conference.
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