Blatche worked out last Saturday for Nets Coach Avery Johnson in Houston, where he has been training with former NBA coach John Lucas. In an interview on Wednesday with HoopsWorld, Blatche said that his workout with the Nets “went well.”
“Hopefully in the next couple of days, I can be on an NBA roster,” Blatche said.
The Wizards used the amnesty clause on Blatche nearly two months ago, a move that he said “was something that I pretty much seen coming by how the season went.”
Blatche averaged 8.5 points and 5.8 rebounds and shot a career-low 38 percent in just 26 games last season. He was shut down for poor conditioning but recently said that he has lost 20 pounds, which he credited to the assistance from Lucas.
“John Lucas was the key to me signing with another team,” Blatche said.
The New York Times reported that the deal with the Nets would be a non-guaranteed contract. Blatche said he believes Brooklyn could be a contender in the Eastern Conference next season. The Nets retained Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries in free agency, traded for Joe Johnson and signed big man Reggie Evans. Blatche could play either power forward or center for the Nets.
“I think they have a pretty strong chance and also a great coach,” Blatche told HoopsWorld. “Deron Williams to me is one of the best point guards if not the best point guard in the league and we have Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace, Lopez and Humphries. They have players who have proven themselves in the league. So they have a great team.”
The Wizards will face Brooklyn in the preseason on Oct. 15 and they will also play Miami on Oct. 23.