Andray Blatche Will Discuss Contract ‘After’ the Brooklyn Nets Win the Championship

by December 06, 2012

Andray Blatche has found a new lease on life in Brooklyn, and with that, comes optimism. A whole lot of it. Blatche, a free agent next summer, told the media that he plans to negotiate a new deal with the organization¬†once the Nets win the 2013 NBA championship. From the NY Daily News: “Andray Blatche has the greatest of expectations for himself and the Nets. But that’s only for this season […] The Nets center said he’d like to re-sign as a free agent next summer but understandably couldn’t commit to anything so early in the season. So when will he discuss free agency? ‘Talk to me after the playoffs,’ he said. ‘I mean, after we win the championship.’ Blatche, who will be an unrestricted free agent in July (assuming the Nets guarantee his contract before the Jan. 10 deadline), is in a unique situation. The 26-year-old, who cannot sign an extension under the CBA rules, is getting paid about $23 million by the Wizards over three seasons because he was waived last summer via the amnesty clause. Whatever figure he earns in the first two years of his next contract will go to Washington, unless it exceeds the nearly $8 million per year he got from the Wizards (very unlikely scenario). Blatche has publicly derided the Wizards for how they handled him during his final season, so saving owner Ted Leonsis money probably isn’t a priority. Blatche’s high production has been an unexpected bonus this season. He’s averaging 10.6 points and 6.1 rebounds in 17 games, demonstrating that motivation and fitness can rejuvenate a sagging body and career. The Nets (11-6), losers of two straight going into Friday’s game against the Warriors, will continue to start Blatche at center with Brook Lopez sidelined because of a foot sprain. […] ‘There’s no reason not to want to come back,’ he said.”