Washington Wizards Expected to Amnesty Andray Blatche

by July 17, 2012

The possibility of the Washington Wizards using the amnesty provision on Andray Blatche has been on the table for a while now, and the WaPo is reporting that it’s growing more and more likely: “Barring a last minute trade, the Wizards are becoming more inclined to designate forward Andray Blatche as their amnesty player, according to source with knowledge of the situation. The Wizards continue to seek a trade partner for Blatche, who has spent his entire seven-year career in Washington, but that remains an unlikely scenario with Tuesday’s deadline looming. By using the one-time amnesty provision on Blatche, the Wizards would remove the $23-million remaining on his contract from the salary cap. Blatche would still receive all of his money and become a free agent unless a team under the salary cap claims him on waivers. […] Since the Wizards nabbed Blatche with the 49th pick in 2005, has averaged 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds. He signed a three-year extension in 2010 that restructured his existing deal to be worth $35 million over five years. But after averaging career highs of 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in the first year of the deal, Blatche regressed considerably last season, as he averaged just 8.5 points and 5.8 rebounds, struggling to stay in shape, and was routinely booed at home games at Verizon Center.”