Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 8:27 am  |  15 responses

Brooklyn Nets, Andray Blatche Agree to One-Year Deal

Since being released via the amnesty clause earlier this summer, Andray Blatche has been out of a job for a long time. The 26 year-old center, who averaged 8.5 points and 5.8 rebounds, and shot a career-low 38 percent in just 26 games last season, has even said he would be willing to play in the D-League if that’s what it took to get back to the pros. Well, Blatche should start sending out his thank you cards, because his second chance has arrived earlier than expected. On Wednesday night, Blatche and the Brooklyn Nets agreed to a one-year deal, paying him the veterans minimum. Via CBSSports.com: “On Wednesday, Yahoo Sports reported that Blatche and the Nets had ‘agreed in principle’ on a one-year contract for the veterans minimum, with the deal to go official ‘early next week.’ The New York Times reported later Wednesday that the deal was non-guaranteed. ESPN.com also reported that the two sides were ‘on course’ toward a deal in the coming days. Blatche, who has been in Texas working himself back into shape with longtime NBA coach John Lucas, reportedly met with the Nets over the weekend. Blatche, who just turned 26, brings with him significant baggage. The basement-dwelling Wizards paid him $23 million to not show up for work, and his time in Washington included multiple arrests, an incident in which he punched a teammate, spats with coaches, a long-term benching because he wasn’t in shape last season, and the infamous “Lapdance Tuesday” promotion. That said, the Nets do represent a fairly good fit. If Blatche is going to succeed in creating a second chapter for himself, it will need to come on a veteran-dominated, playoff-bound team where he can play a specific role as a productive reserve. No real pressure, no real responsibilities, no real expectations.”

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  • danpowers

    i think the guys in nj will set blatche straight. could be a great pickup for the nets and give them depth and a boost in talent on the bench

  • Max

    Low risk, high reward.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    I agree. I don’t know why people expect him to be a star but he would be a good 6th man on a team like this. Now he’s just got to stay in shape…

  • http://twitter.com/stepfdelaghetto Stepfan Raiford

    I feel for my Wizards. I understand he underachieve (except when the Wizards blew up the team/contract year for him. He was ballin. Once he got the money he stopped caring and was eating everything in sight.) while he was here but every player we get rid off they go off and achieve some type of success. Rip Hamilton, champion. Ben Wallace, champion. Rasheed Wallace champion. Chris Webber, playoff success. Hell even Juwan Howard is a champion. As much as it sickens me to say this I expect Blatche to ball. He has talented players around him and plus he wants to stay in the league. smh

  • shockexchange

    Chasing windmills?

  • Max

    To stay in shape you gotta be in shape.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    LOL right. My bad, I meant now he’s got to get in shape.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    Can’t wait to see Dray popping up on random BK party flyers. All jokes aside tho, I think he’ll play better with veterans, less responsibility and pressure, he can play relaxed.

  • Da Real

    He could be the X-factor for the team this year. He has All-Star size and ability. Hope it works out for him, while Washington pays the tab, haha

  • Junior Taylor

    I thought the new commenting system was supposed to weed out trolls?

  • Louie- Lu

    I feel Dre, should have played a fews in the D League. Riding school buses to away games & stay n Motel 6, will give him & other problem players a reality check.

  • http://SLAMonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Agreed. This offseason hopefully was a wake-up call for him as well.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it did, you can tell when it’s the real person commenting. there is no point in trolling when you don’t have the same information. it’s clearly another person. that moron at the bottom who tried to troll obviously crashed and burned lol

  • clydesays

    The risk is that’s is a new team with playoff expectations & Blantche is random dude. The Nets have no vet leaders to keep a guy like that in check.

  • Young the Block

    This is equal to winning the lottery for him. They should be a playoff team this year and all he has to do is give a REAL effort. I’m not saying score 20 off the bench, but at least look like your trying to help the team win and this will be viewed as a success for him and the team. Having him around all those vets and Avery Johnson should keep him in line. Not to mention having something to play for should keep him focused on the court, not the life..