Nearly two months after the Wizards gave him $23 million to go away, Andray Blatche has found his second NBA home with the Brooklyn Nets. Blatche’s agent, Andy Miller, confirmed on Friday that his client will sign a contract with Brooklyn some time next week.
Blatche told Hoops World on Wednesday that he had hoped to soon get back on an NBA roster and he chose the Nets over the Miami Heat. Miller said the decision came down to the opportunity for playing time in Brooklyn, where the Nets plan to use the 6-foot-11 big man at power forward and center.
The Wizards waived Blatche on July 17 using the amnesty provision, ending a seven-year relationship with a player who has career averages of 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds but failed to meet expectations after signing a three-year, $28-million extension in September 2010.
Blatche had a disappointing 2011-12 campaign – on and off the court – and was eventually sidelined for the final 21 games to work on his conditioning after his weight ballooned to at least 280 pounds. The Wizards went 10-11 without him.
Blatche has been working out with former NBA coach John Lucas in Houston and recently claimed to have lost about 20 pounds. A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Blatche worked out for Nets Coach Avery Johnson last Saturday and will to join a revamped roster that features all-stars Deron Williams and Joe Johnson. Blatche will sign a one-year, non-guaranteed deal worth the league minimum of $1.1 million.
Blatche will have a reunion with some of his former teammates on Oct. 15, when the Nets will host the Wizards in the preseason at the new Barclays Arena. The Wizards won’t play Brooklyn in the regular season until Jan. 4 at Verizon Center.