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Andray Blatche: Best Fits for Amnestied Veteran

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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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 18, 2012

The recently amnestied Andray Blatche is a very talented, but problematic big man. He needs guidance and a strong environment to succeed. He's only 25 years old, so there is still a ton of basketball left in his legs.

He needs to get serious about his conditioning and mental approach. He was probably never going to do that in Washington, and the two parties were bringing each other down.

If he clears waivers, there are a few teams that he could sign with that offer the make-or-break environment Blatche needs.

Allowing him to choose his destination—and for that team to have the opportunity to sign him at a low cost—would create more fruitful options.

Each of these teams would likely be offering him something just above the veteran's minimum.

Here are two veteran teams with stars that may be able to inspire Blatche to reach his potential:

 

New York Knicks

The Knicks need depth and youth. Adding Blatche as a scorer off the bench could be an incredibly valuable asset for this team.

With veterans Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas already on the roster, Blatche would have an element on his team he's never had.

The Wizards' teams Blatche played on were predominantly young, and he was never inspired to mature and behave like a professional.

The Knicks could take a very low-risk gamble that their veterans could help mentor Blatche. Right now, the Knicks have only one power forward on the roster: Amar'e Stoudemire.

Blatche could potentially be a valuable reserve—if he wakes up and performs.

 

San Antonio Spurs

Aside from bringing Tim Duncan back, the Spurs have been extremely quiet this offseason. They could use depth on the frontcourt, and they certainly have the veteran presence Blatche needs.

The organization itself is the NBA equivalent of the New England Patriots in regard to reputation. Troubled players like Stephen Jackson have been on their best behavior in the black and silver.

Playing behind Duncan would give Blatche the opportunity to truly study one of the game's all-time greats.

With Duncan playing more center last season, the spurs have only Matt Bonner on the roster as a power forward. Blatche could potentially come in and get quality minutes in San Antonio.

We'll have to see who wants to take the plunge with Blatche.

 

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