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Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 07/20/2012

Andray Blatche clears waivers, becomes a free agent


Next stop...who knows? (John Raoux - AP)
As expected, Andray Blatche cleared waivers Thursday when none of the nine teams with salary cap space made the minimum bid of $3.79 million to acquire him. Blatche is now an unrestricted free agent.

Blatche’s agent, Andy Miller, said he doesn’t expect teams to make a serious push for his client’s services until the conclusion of summer league.

The Wizards designated Blatche as their amnesty player Tuesday, ending a seven-year relationship with the 6-foot-11 power forward, who has career averages of 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. Blatche will receive the entire $23 million remaining on his contract, over three years. His salary, however, is no longer on the Wizards’ payroll, under the rules of the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis explained in an interview with Post columnist Mike Wise published Thursday that he was “torn” about the decision to cut Blatche but felt the need to move on in the “best interest of [the] franchise.”

“I believe people should have second and third chances. On the other hand, I don’t know where he fits now in this lineup,” Leonsis said. “[H]e’s the last remaining touchpoint from the previous teams.”

The Wizards remain interested in bringing back James Singleton to fill the roster spot available now that Blatche is gone. Singleton joined the team in late March and it went 8-2 in the games that he was actually allowed to play and contribute. He recently returned to the country after getting married and having his honeymoon this month.

Free agent forward Anthony Tolliver, who spent the last two seasons in Minnesota, is also an option at power forward. Tolliver told Fox Sports Florida that the Wizards reached out to him after they released Blatche.

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