Just before the start of free agency, Brooklyn Nets’ big man Andray Blatche declined an option to remain with the Nets for $1.438 million, instead choosing to become an unrestricted free agent. Blatche had a solid season filling in for center Brook Lopez and veteran Kevin Garnett. He figured he’d make more money on the open market. However, he has not found the types of offers he thought he would and it looks like a Nets return is not an option.
As Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors explains, the Nets are not interested in re-signing Blatche.
Whether or not the Clippers enter the picture legitimately at any point, it seems a reunion with the Nets isn’t forthcoming. Blatche was the only one of the team’s free agents to whom GM Billy King declined to reach out at the start of free agency, a strong signal that there’s little, if any, interest from the club.
That might have more to do with the emergence of Mason Plumlee and the expected return to health of Brook Lopez than any shortcoming of Blatche’s. Kidd is gone, having jumped ship to Milwaukee, so any clash between Blatche and his coach is no longer germane. Brooklyn had its greatest success last season playing small ball, so an abundance of big men probably isn’t what the team has in mind.
Blatche averaged 11.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 47.6% from the field, 27.8% from beyond the arc and 74.2% from the charity stripe for the Nets last season.
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