Washington Wizards Struggling to Trade Andray Blatche

by February 28, 2012

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.”