NBA Trade Rumors: 3 Teams That Must Pursue Andray Blatche

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIFebruary 29, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Andray Blatche #7 of the Washington Wizards before the start of the Wizards game against the New York Knicks at Verizon Center on January 6, 2012 in Washington, DC.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Andray Blatche is the perfect example of a player who needs to change locations. He is useless on a bad team like the Wizards but would be an excellent addition to several playoff contenders. 

Michael Lee of the Washington Post wrote that the Wizards and Blatche are both looking for a change of scenery. 

The Wizards have aggressively tried to deal Blatche in advance of the March 15 trade deadline, according to multiple league sources, but struggled to find any takers. Blatche is certainly open to a change of scenery, according to a person close to him.

This would hardly be a banner year for Blatche, but in 17 games his numbers have shown that he can be an impact player on a real contender. 

MPG    PPG    RPG   
28.5 10.3 7.1

That isn't bad, especially for a team that can use a 6'11", 265-pound big man. Though he is still useless on the Wizards, these teams can use that bang.


Miami Heat

For everything the Heat have, they don't have a lot of toughness in the middle. Blatche's seven rebounds a game in fewer than 30 minutes is something that would look awfully good in Miami. 

Blatche's size makes him easily good enough to play center while Chris Bosh plays power forward. With LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the perimeter, Blatche would give Miami just enough of a presence on the inside to win the tough games that were lost against the Mavericks last season. 

Memphis Grizzlies

If the Thunder falter in the playoffs, the Western Conference is wide open. Any one of the other seven playoff teams in the Western Conference can get to the NBA Finals. 

The Grizzlies are a middle-of-the-pack rebounding team and need a man in the paint to go along Marc Gasol. Blatche and Marrese Speights would form a legitimate power forward duo, which teams would have a hard time standing up against.

With these two, Memphis would have the muscle needed to win in the playoffs.


Boston Celtics

It is time for a jolt in Boston. They are now struggling for a playoff spot and are too dependent on old players. With the exception of Rajon Rondo, none of their key players are going to be around in a few years. 

As far as this season is concerned, the Celtics have a serious problem that can't be ignored. They have fewer rebounds per game than any team in the league. If they want to hold on to any remote championship hopes this year, or even make the playoffs, the Celtics will need to find a way to keep their veterans rested. 

That means Blatche, who can come in and fill some gritty minutes, grab some tough boards and keep the boys fresh.