Brooklyn Nets’ free agent man Andray Blatche remains a free agent. One report suggests teams have been scared off by Blatche’s concerns in the locker room. Still, Blatche had an excellent season last year as he filled in for center Brook Lopez, who missed nearly all of the season with another foot surgery and veteran big man Kevin Garnett, who had his minutes and games reduced at his advanced age. That’s why it’s still somewhat surprising no one has picked up Blatche, especially a team like the New York Knicks, who are looking to add talent without spending much money.
Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors does not believe the Knicks will pursue Blatche.
They have a lot of power forward/center types and can only offer the minimum salary. They already have Sam Dalembert, Jason Smith, Amare Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani, Quincy Acy and Cole Aldrich, and ‘Melo will probably play at least part of the time at power forward. That’s a lot of big bodies. Maybe if they make a trade, perhaps they’ll look at Blatche, but for now, they’re set at his positions.
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. In his career, he’s averaged 10.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 46.7% from the floor, 23.7% from beyond the arc and 72.5% from the charity stripe.
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