Should Toronto Raptors Pursue Andray Blatche in 2013 NBA Free Agency?

By Michael Terrill
Should Toronto Raptors Pursue Andray Blatche in 2013 NBA Free Agency
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The Toronto Raptors have plenty to fix in the offseason if they want to be successful for the 2013-14 NBA season. However, without any draft picks, as of right now, in the 2013 NBA Draft the Raptors will have to go through free agency to upgrade the team. Unfortunately, Toronto has found themselves with several bad contracts, which means free agents that the Raptors can get for cheap will be ideal.

One player in particular that the Raptors could use on their roster next season is center Andray Blatche. The 26-year-old played at a high level in his first year with the Brooklyn Nets last season. However, the Nets will not be able to offer much for Blatche as they are currently in their own financial mess. In fact, the only way Brooklyn could most likely bring back Blatche next season is by promising him a decent pay raise next summer.

The eight-year player was outstanding in a backup role for the Nets. He averaged 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals in just 19.0 minutes per game. He also managed to shoot 51.2 percent from the field. The fact that Blatche was able to accomplish this on a $1.1 million contract last season is what has many teams eager to speak to him in free agency.

It has been reported that Blatche would like to return to the Nets, as long as the organization keeps their word on a few things. With that being said, there is a good chance Blatche will leave for greener pastures if another team offers him more money and a bigger role. That team is most certainly the Raptors, as they desperately need a productive center.

Blatche will not get a major upgrade in pay, unless of course Toronto can trade Andrea Bargnani in order to get rid of his bad contract. However, what the Raptors can promise is a starting role for Blatche, which is something that has to weigh heavily on his mind. There is no doubt he would get the nod over center Jonas Valanciunas.

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