Although his talent is undeniable, the concern with Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche has always been his attitude. Because of that, the Wizards are desperate to deal Blatche by the March 15 deadline, but finding takers will prove to be a futile task.
According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, the Wizards have been aggressive in their attempts to trade the underperforming Blatche, but they have been unsuccessful to this point. Washington reportedly offered Blatche to the Charlotte Bobcats for another struggling forward in Tyrus Thomas, but they were turned down.
Blatche had his best career season last year as he averaged nearly 17 points per game, along with over eight rebounds, 1.5 steals and nearly a block per contest. Blatche has been improving for each of the previous few years in succession, but he has certainly dropped off the table in 2011-12.
Blatche is averaging just a shade over 10 points per game, and he is shooting a miserable 38 percent from the floor, which is unacceptable for a player who stands 6'11" and 260 lbs. If decisions were made based on talent alone, then a team might take a chance on him, but there are other things to consider.
Perhaps the biggest issue is that Blatche is owed a total of $23 million through the 2014-15 season once this year concludes. That is quite a financial commitment to make for a player who declined in a big way this season and is maligned for poor decision-making, as well as being a poor teammate.
If Blatche had one year remaining on his deal or if he were an upcoming free agent, then it would be much easier to see a team rolling the dice with him. As he stands now, though, Blatche is a scuffling, injury-prone player who is slated to make a ton of money over the next few years.
Blatche is also a coach's worst nightmare. If anyone should know that, it's Wizards' bench boss Flip Saunders. Blatche spoke ill of Saunders from the get-go this season, as he felt that the coach wasn't utilizing his scoring abilities in the first game of the season.
There isn't a team in the league that wouldn't welcome a big man with offensive ability, but what Blatche brings to the table in that department, he cancels out with awful behavior. No contending team is going to want to deal with the headaches he is sure to create, so the Wizards are likely stuck with him.
Perhaps Blatche's selfishness is stymieing the progression of point guard John Wall and the Wizards as a whole. Wall is having a good year, and the Wizards have a lot of talent, but Blatche's antics have to be wearing on them. Getting rid of him for anything might be considered addition by subtraction at this point.
The Wizards made their own bed with Blatche as they gave a headcase a big contract, so now they have to lay in it. Even if they give him away at this point, no team is going to bite. Washington's only hope is that Blatche can mellow out and recapture some of the magic he found last year.
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