Our next free agency profile will be one of last season’s Brooklyn Nets, Andray Blatche, who is an unrestricted free agent beginning today.
2012-13 stats: 10.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.7 bpg, 51% FG, 69% FT.
Andray Blatche enjoyed his best and most controversy-free season last year, his first year away from the Washington Wizards in Brooklyn. Despite signing a non-guaranteed contract before the season after all his problems in Washington, ‘Dray became an important contributor to the Nets and arguably their best bench player, backing up Brook Lopez.
Blatche shot the highest field goal percentage of his career by far and was one of the NBA’s leaders in PER. He has come a long, long way since he was out of shape and representing how dysfunctional the Wizards were. Although there are still some questions about Blatche’s conditioning, he is much more determined to succeed now than he ever was in Washington.
The Nets would love to have Blatche back, but don’t necessarily need him like they did last season. With Brook Lopez, Kevin Garnett, Reggie Evans, Mirza Teletovic, and Mason Plumlee already playing the power forward or center position, the team could probably get away with not bringing Andray back.
Still, if he did come back, he would definitely be in Brooklyn’s rotation and he is still one of their best players on offense. The two main reasons Blatche should be back are that he really enjoyed being a Brooklyn Net last season and his salary should work with the team.
Whenever Blatche was asked by reporters last year, he always said how much he loved playing in Brooklyn and how much better the Nets’ organization is than the team he played for in Washington. He has said that he wants to be back and I truly believe that he meant it. This is good for the Nets’ chances of ‘Dray coming back.
Also, the salary works out well because Blatche was amnestied by Washington, meaning the Wizards will continue to pay him $8 million each of the next two seasons. This gives Blatche no incentive to make more money from another team unless he can make more than $8 million. It is doubtful that any team would pay him that much money, but it’s always possible (cough, cough, Knicks, cough).
Because of all these reasons, expect Andray Blatche to return to the Brooklyn Nets.
Chances Blatche returns to Brooklyn: 70%