Andray Blatche is doing good things in Brooklyn. So good that trolling the Wizards is easy. So good that he knows exactly when he will be ready to talk about a new contract.
We’re all too familiar with the fact that the Washington Wizards used the amnesty provision on Blatche this past summer. That no other NBA team made a full, or even partial, waiver claim on his contract. That Blatche signed with the Brooklyn Nets for a one-year, non-guaranteed deal worth about $850,000. That the Wizards are essentially on the hook for the remainder of Blatche’s amnestied contract, about $23 million over three years. Essentially.
So about the new contract that Blatche might want due to his good play with the Nets? Well, it’s too early to talk about all of it, he says. But, there will be a good time to discuss. We’ll let the New York Daily News take it away:
In an interview with the Daily News, the Nets center said he’d like to re-sign as a free agent next summer but understandably couldn’t commit to anything so early in the season.
So when will he discuss free agency?
“Talk to me after the playoffs,” he said. “I mean, after we win the championship.”
Auspiciousness that almost melts the heart. He really is Lennie Small. Andray Blatche is sure doing well in Brooklyn. His 22.9 PER ranks 11th amongst NBA players with 200-plus minutes under their belt; he’s the PER equivalent of Tyson Chandler. (You don’t say?) I do.
Blatche is doing so well, is so clearly comfortable, that it’s almost like the time he stopped working out hard because Mo Evans and Roger Mason told him there wasn’t going to be a basketball season due to the lockout. Time to put the feet up on the coffee table. Do some more radio interviews.
And the better Blatche does, the better it is for the Wizards. Essentially (and ironically). Or, at least better for Ted Leonsis’ pocket book and conscience burdened with a cruel case of buyer’s remorse. More from the Daily News:
Blatche, who will be an unrestricted free agent in July (assuming the Nets guarantee his contract before the Jan. 10 deadline), is in a unique situation. The 26-year-old, who cannot sign an extension under the CBA rules, is getting paid about $23 million by the Wizards over three seasons because he was waived last summer via the amnesty clause.
Whatever figure he earns in the first two years of his next contract will go to Washington, unless it exceeds the nearly $8 million per year he got from the Wizards (very unlikely scenario). Blatche has publicly derided the Wizards for how they handled him during his final season, so saving owner Ted Leonsis money probably isn’t a priority.
Priorities. Who needs priorities when excuses are so clearly the path of the basketball righteousness? So to recap, saying in early-December that you’ll discuss your free agency after winning a championship is totally the route to go, but living up to a charitable gift of a contract extension (after crying “underpaid”), not so much.