HoopsHype Andray Blatche rumors

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Because they are well over the salary cap and don't have his Bird Rights, the Nets can only offer Blatche all or part of the taxpayer "mini" mid-level exception or 120 percent veteran's minimum. But the Nets are expected to use their mid-level exception to sign someone else, possibly sharpshooter Kyle Korver, according to a source. ESPN.com

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Brooklyn’s biggest free agent is Andray Blatche, who sat down for an interview today and joked that he shouldn’t have to remove his shades – “I’m a free agent, y’all should be buttering me up.” More seriously, Blatche said he plans to re-sign. ... BUT, “I can’t tell you 100 percent yet. …I gotta take my time.” New York Daily News

Blatche reiterated that money isn’t such a big deal to him because he was amnestied and is still getting paid by the Wizards. We went over the whole situation in March, when Blatche said he’d be inclined to take less money just to stick it to his former team. “He’s not going to make more money,” Billy King said Sunday. “Hopefully he likes the situation and wants to be here.” New York Daily News

The Nets will not have salary-cap space and do not own Blatche’s Bird Rights. But the enigmatic 26-year-old is thankful the Nets let him revive his career after he was waived last offseason by the Wizards, and both Blatche and general manager Billy King said they hope to see him back in Brooklyn next season. “That’s the plan,” Blatche said. “I’m not sure yet right now. I can’t tell you 100 percent yet, but that’s the plan for me.” New York Post

Unless Blatche gets a deal with at least a guaranteed third year, what he makes the next two seasons mostly just offsets the Wizards’ salary commitments. Blatche has said he is not inclined to make things easier for his former employer, and added yesterday he might take less money to stay in a good situation in Brooklyn. “Yeah, I thought about that idea. I like it here, I got my second chance here and I’m loyal to being here. We just have to see what happens,’’ he said. “With the money situation, that makes it easier for me to stay here. I don’t have to take nothing huge. I can take less. It’s going to be based on what’s best for me.” New York Post

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As raucous Bulls fans tried every method possible to distract him, Blatche calmly stepped to the free-throw line with 19.2 seconds left in regulation. A 68.5 percent free-throw shooter during the regular season, Blatche looked flawless as he made both shots. "Those were the biggest free throws I've ever shot in my career,'' Blatche said. "It was beyond loud. Even C.J. (Watson) said his ears started ringing. "Those free throws meant a lot to us. I just focused and stuck to my routine. I didn't let it bother me. I just shot the ball like I would any other time.'' Chicago Tribune

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After couple years of having his fitness criticized while playing with the Wizards – and logging an infamous DNP- Conditioning last season – Andray Blatche was lauded for getting himself into shape during the summer before signing his one-year deal with the Nets. But the backup center was called out Monday by coach PJ Carlesimo for his conditioning, following a game when Blatche played 37 minutes and looked winded. “Dray was the only one I felt bad about (playing a lot of minutes). And frankly, he needs conditioning,” Carlesimo said “So I thought it was okay. He needs some conditioning and he obviously wants to play against (the Wizards) because he played there. … We thought Dray was going good and the conditioning is good for him.” New York Daily News

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