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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  33 responses

Washington Wizards Struggling to Trade Andray Blatche


Andray Blatche has obviously worn out his welcome in DC, but getting another NBA team to bite on a trade for the big fella has proven to be a rather difficult task for the Wizards. From the WaPo: “To put it bluntly, this has been a terrible season for Andray Blatche. The 6-foot-11, seventh-year forward is shooting a career-low 38 percent, averaging just 10.3 points, has been hurt or playing hurt pretty much the whole time, and gets lustily booed at home games. For the first time in his career, Blatche will fail to improve on his scoring and rebounding production from the year before. He was benched in favor of Jan Vesely on Jan. 27, and strained his left calf in a win over Charlotte the very next day. Blatche has missed the past 13 games, and 16 overall this season. The Wizards are bad with Blatche (4-13) and without him (3-13), though Trevor Booker, John Wall and Nick Young have played better in his absence. [...] The Wizards have aggressively tried to deal Blatche in advance of the March 15 trade deadline, according to multiple league sources, but struggled to find any takers. Blatche is certainly open to a change of scenery, according to a person close to him. The team discussed dealing Blatche to Charlotte last month for Tyrus Thomas but were rejected, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. Blatche is still owed nearly $23 million after this season, and rival teams have expressed concern about his conditioning and character. After failing to generate much interest last season, when he averaged 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds, the Wizards realize they face a more serious challenge trying to deal him now, when he has regressed and struggled to stay healthy.”

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  • T-Money

    it’s baffling to me that blatche still has this kind of body 4-5 years in the league, that’s telling me he is not taking basketball very seriously. the skills have never been questioned but what’s up with the body fat and the lack of explosiveness? he can barely get off the ground, it’s disgusting.

  • Justin G.

    Yeah…good luck with that!

  • Stepfan

    To much late night eating and partying in DC. So much talent (KG like) that will never be realized.

  • Pais

    That’s about as surprising as a Monday being followed by a Tuesday. Usually I’ve got nothing but contempt for underachieving millionaire athletes (especially when they happen to be 6’11), but in this case I feel a little sorry for him. It’s obvious that both his ego and his confidence have been all but annihilated. A change in scenery might yield a much needed change in attitude and put him back on track.

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    He gonna be out the league if he doesn’t change his character.

  • RunNGun

    No one wants knuckleheads on their team. Send him to the D-LEAGUE to teach him a few lessons about humility and give a few of them D-LEAGUERS a shot.

  • Detroit Dave

    As a Piston fan I’d trade him for Charlie V. Not sure if the contracts match up though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    baltche

  • http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1122425/index.htm nbk

    Are we supposed to be surprised? Dude is a cancer. (trading him for Charlie Villanueva like suggested above would be HILARIOUS)

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    baltche.

  • http://bleacherreport.com Disgusted

    Why did the GM sign Blache ? Everyone on the Wizards are so called projects. John Wall is being ruined and can’t develope, because he has no top flight talent surrounding him. Need a new GM to right th ship.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T-Money
    He said that he would binge on carbs late at night, and had no idea how nutrition played a role in body development. It wasn’t until recently that he grasped it a little bit, and obviously he only grasped it a little bit.
    They just need to scrap this dude for a draft pick. Second rounder.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Shockingly, I think he’s one of the few players in the league I wouldn’t trade for Charlie V…both are lazy knuckle heads, but I feel like CV tries some of the time though.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Is there any team (I mean realistically) who would want him and his contract?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Maybe Charlotte lol, they did trade for Corey Maggette…..

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Any chance they use that amnesty clause they’ve been saving if they can’t get a deal done. The only way I think they’d be able to move him now is if they package him with one of the guards like Young or Crawford.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    This is the guy that basically ruined Flip Saunders’ career? Smh.
    He, at least, ruined some of his credibility.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Nope, that amnesty is going to be used on Rashard. I think that’s basically a done deal, they just couldn’t use it this season because they had to spend 80% of payroll. Without him, would have been at like 65

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Blatche didn’t ruin Flips career. Flips coaching stint in Detroit ended in very similar fashion. Flip is a great x’s and o’s guy, he can draw up a play and substitute like nobodies business. But in terms of motivating and getting the most out of your players. Commanding respect? Its not him. If the team is not winning games, Flip just gets tuned out by the players.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Abe Schwadron

    Actually, the most intriguing (and potentially effective) plan for the Wiz I’ve heard is to amnesty Blatche, buy out Lewis, let NYoung (and potentially McGee, too) walk in Free Agency. At that point we’ve at least accomplished the goal of blowing the roster up, and providing a giant amount of cap space. Then bring in a top-5 pick and some choice FAs, you start to have something. Or at least, not what you had before.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Does Lewis have a buy-out clause? I wasn’t aware that he did.

  • http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=7pml6gr Ill Smith

    Click my name. Who says no?

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    I’m referring to when Blatche pubically made Saunders out to be a liar.
    I may be wrong, but that killed it for Saunders.
    AFTER Garnett called out Saunders, saying that he “no longer has it”.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Abe Schwadron

    I’ll literally take anything to get rid of Blatche at this point. Amateur GMs out there, what will you offer me ???

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Why are they letting McGee walk? Why is everybody giving up on McGee? If that kid signs with Golden State, watch his career blossom.

  • Heals

    No way, I don’t believe it…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Abe, I wouldn’t offer a player on a D-League team for Blatche. If you can take Shaq and Reggie off of TNT i’ll let Blatche live in my house though.

  • blakos

    @AllenP. They will let McGee walk if they get Anthony Davis…..

  • blakos

    ^Lol at NBK

  • underdog

    They should waive him with the amnesty clause.

  • blakos

    Co-sign Abe btw

  • Rosa

    I seriously don’t understand why there is so much hate for Blatche. Anyone with common sense can make a decision about him based on the stats rather than jumping on the “Blame Blatche” bandwagon. The Wizards performance is exactly the same with him or without him (actually slightly worse without him)…yet, why does he seem to receive a discriminate level of scrutiny?

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Ill Smith: Boston

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