Mar 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Wizards power forward Andray Blatche (7) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks power forward Josh Smith (5), small forward Tracy McGrady (1) and forward Ivan Johnson (44) during the first half at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

Brooklyn Nets To Sign Forward Andray Blatche


Andray Blatche will accept a one year, non-guaranteed contract from the Brooklyn Nets, according to New York Post columnist Fred Kerber.

The Nets have been in pursuit of Blatche for weeks now, and have been competing with the Heat for the rights to sign the talented, but often troubled, 26-year-old.  The deal should be officially completed on Friday.

Blatche will provide front court depth for the Nets, who now have a potentially dynamic scoring forward to back up the far less explosive Kris Humphries.  Humphries will likely command the lion’s share of the minutes at the 4-spot, but having a (potential) bench scorer could do wonders for the Nets.

Since Blatche inked a non-guaranteed contract, this signing can certainly be dubbed as “low-risk”.  Should Blatche show up to the Nets uncommitted to the team, they can easily cut him prior to the season and move on.

If, however, he performs well in camp and makes the team, the Nets could benefit greatly. Blatche is only one full season removed from a stat line of 16.8 ppg and 8.3 rpg, a line that not just anybody can put up.  Granted he was the top option in Washington that season (as opposed to his situation in Brooklyn, where the 6th man role is likely his ceiling), but if he can revert to that form in 2012-13, the Nets just got themselves a steal.

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