According to Howard Beck, the Nets are very interested in ex-Wizard power forward Andray Blatche and Coach Avery Johnson is set to meet with Blatche sometime this weekend. It is not clear what the exact purpose of the meeting is.
The Wizards amnestied Blatche this summer after Blatche had a laughable season, being horribly inefficient and a poor team player. He has a reputation for being a very immature person on and off the basketball court. Blatche is 6’11” and 27 years old. If he joined the Nets, he would be the second tallest player on the team. Wherever he signs this offseason, he will probably receive a veteran’s minimum contract.
Last season, Blatche averaged 8.5 PTS, 5.8 REB, 1.1 AST, and just a 38% FG percentage, the lowest percentage of his career. He played much better two seasons ago, averaging 16.8 PTS and 8.2 REB on 44.5% FG. He is generally regarded as the most talented player still available on the free agent market. However, he has often been pathetically lazy on defense and he has a tendency to take annoying, bad jump shots.
I think the Nets could actually use Blatche off the bench. Blatche is talented and a change of scenery could probably do him a lot of good. The Nets could offer him a veteran’s minimum salary and have him at little risk. Blatche has a nice skillset: he is a better offensive power forward than Kris Humphries and a better rebounder than Mirza Teletovic. The Nets have recently been linked to so many players, such as Eddy Curry and Hilton Armstrong, who would struggle to stay in Coach Avery’s rotation. Unlike these players, I bet Blatche would actually be useful in Avery Johnson’s rotation.