Andray Blatche RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Former National Basketball Association (NBA) player Andray Blatche has committed 100 percent to Gilas Pilipinas in its FIBA Asia championship campaign this year. The naturalized Filipino is expected to be in Manila near the end of the PBA Governors’ Cup to join the team’s practices ahead of the Olympic qualifier. “We expect him to be with us. I’ve spoken to Andray and he’s told me he’s committed and will be 100 percent with the team,” Gilas coach Tab Baldwin told Richard Dy in a report to sports website Spin. “I want to get him here virtually before we go to the (training) camp, or maybe a little bit before that. Hopefully, before the end of the third conference,” Baldwin added.
David Pick: Andray Blatche signed a mega-deal with Xinjiang in China worth $7.5 million over three seasons, source said.
Blatche Andray(211-F/C-86) who had a dominating first season in the CBA was unstoppable both offensively and defensively for Xinjiang who just missed the playoffs. Blatche Andray(211-F/C-86) Andray is set to sign a 3 year contract to return to the Flying Tigers , terms are not disclosed but it has been confirmed to be the largest deal in CBA history possibly in overseas basketball history.
The Heat have 14 players under contract, one shy of the NBA maximum. Among free agents the Heat have been linked to are Thomas Robinson, Andray Blatche and Michael Beasley, who recently has been working out at AmericanAirlines Arena, a courtesy teams often extend to former NBA players between jobs. Beasley recently completed his season in China, as did Blatche.
Andray Blatche, Rashard Lewis and Michael Beasley are among available forwards. The Heat had not contacted Blatche as of midday Friday and Miami could instead explore adding a “stretch-four,” though Blatche can’t be ruled out. The Heat has a $2.65 million disabled player’s exception that it will lose if not used by March 10. But the trade deadline passed Thursday.
Tom Haberstroh: Don’t be surprised if Heat sign Andray Blatche for the stretch run if they have an open roster spot.
Free agent forward Andray Blatche is seriously considering a lucrative contract to re-sign in the Chinese Basketball Association, multiple sources told RealGM.
OBKS: Have you given any thought to the Andray Blatche… Billy King: Yeah, we’re in discussions about it. We’ve had contact with him and hopefully we’ll make a decision soon. OBKS: I’m sure your going to be busy the next few days with the trade deadline. Billy King: Yeah. The trade deadline is next Thursday so uh, we’ll work the phones. I doubt if we’ll do anything but we’re going to work the phones and if something makes sense we’ll do it.
So would Nets players be happy to have Blatche back in the fold if the team elected to re-sign him? “Of course,” reserve guard Alan Anderson told SheridanHoops. “He was my teammate last year, so anyone who could help our team we could definitely use that.”
What is an issue for the Nets is frontcourt depth. Mirza Teletovic is out for the season with bilateral pulmonary embolus, or blood clots in his lungs, and Kevin Garnett has seen his minutes reduced as the season’s gone on. Garnett was down to 17.4 minutes per game in January and Brooklyn could use another player in its big man rotation. “Anybody he brings in,” guard Darius Morris said of general manager Billy King, “it’s because they feel who can help the team. So I’d be happy.” King spoke to the Nets’ website before Monday’s game and indicated that the team would not be making any trades before the All-Star Break. But in the few days before the trade deadline, Blatche could certainly take up one of Brooklyn’s potentially vacant roster spots.
After averaging 31.1 points and 14.6 rebounds a game in his first season in China, Blatche is receiving interest from several playoff contenders including the Nets, according to a source. The Nets could have re-signed him following last season’s second-round playoff exit, but they opted against it at the time.
The Nets hold Blatche’s Early Bird rights giving them an advantage –and some flexibility– in contract negotiations. He has been receiving amnesty payments from the Wizards for the past three years, but those payments, now nearly $9 million, end after this year. So, he has to be looking for a long-term deal.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets are among the teams tracking Blatche, who just became a free agent after his team in China failed to reach the Chinese Basketball Association playoffs. The Nets have one open roster spot and, according to sources, are on a list of Blatche suitors which also includes the Memphis Grizzlies. It remains to be seen, however, whether the Miami Heat will rekindle its longstanding interest in Blatche, given the recent emergence of big man Hassan Whiteside with the Heat.
The Brooklyn Nets are interested in a potential reunion with Andray Blatche, according to league sources.
Devin Kharpertian: The Nets strongly, and publicly, opposed bringing back Andray Blatche in the offseason. Would be quite a turn of events.
Mike Mazzeo: #Nets on a list of Blatche suitors that also includes Grizzlies, sources say. Heat have also had past interest in Blatche as well.
Mike Mazzeo: Just filed to ESPN with @Marc Stein: Sources say #Nets interested in a potential reunion with @Andray Blatche.
Jorge Sierra: Andray Blatche is currently averaging 30.4 ppg and 14.9 rpg in the Chinese League. Could be a free agent in February.
“Top teams in both the Eastern and Western conference playoff race have begun the recruiting and courting process (of Andray Blatche),” agent Andy Miller tells HoopsHype. The regular season in China finishes on February 1, so Blatche could become a free agent very quick should his team fail to make the playoffs. Xinjiang is currently No. 7 in the League, just one win ahead of No. 9 Dongguan. Only eight teams qualify for the postseason.
One player who might have been a possibility was former Detroit forward Josh Smith, who was released by the Pistons and signed with Houston this week. Miami could consider current free agents Jermaine O’Neal and Emeka Okafor if they still want to play, and Andrei Kirilenko might become available if he continues refusing to report to Philadelphia. Andray Blatche, 27, would be worth a look, but he currently is playing in China and will not be able to return to the NBA until March.