NBA Rumors: Why Heat Must Pass on Andray Blatche
Andray Blatche may be the only player capable of single-handedly beating the Miami Heat.
Should Miami sign Blatche?
Rajon Rondo couldn’t. Kevin Durant couldn’t. But from the inside, with a head coach that isn’t exactly highly respected in Erik Spoelstra, Blatche is enough of a cancer to pull it off.
Miami is way too talented to roll the dice on a player with such poor character. But according to Marc Stein of ESPN, that hasn’t stopped the Heat from showing interest. Stein tweeted:
Free-agent rumble that just dribbled across the pond: Heat & Spurs among teams to express exploratory interest in free agent Andray Blatche— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 4, 2012
Yeah, because Miami is really desperate for a backup 4 that does absolutely nothing but score.
They just signed Rashard Lewis to spread the floor. They already have Udonis Haslem coming off the bench, too. What would Blatche add to the team?
Nothing. Because he's a bum.
According to 82games.com, when you combine Blatche’s net production with how his team performed when he was on the court vs. off of it, he was the worst player on the Washington Wizards in 2012. And that’s saying something.
Throw Blatche’s mind-numbing inconsistency in to the mix with his rap sheet (and his contract), and it’s no wonder why the Wizards couldn’t rid themselves of him—despite being desperate to—at last year’s trade deadline.
He was arrested in 2007 for “attempting to solicit sex from a female police officer” (via Ivan Carter of The Washington Post) and in 2008, for reckless driving. Blatche hasn’t just proved to be a criminal outside the lines, though—he’s a lazy criminal. This past March, Washington benched Blatche because he was out of shape.
LeBron James and company are the defending champions of the world. In 2013 they’ll be even more talented, after acquiring Lewis and Ray Allen. Blatche's attitude is jacked up enough that he could tear all of that promise apart.
The risk of signing Blatche outweighs the reward—and it isn’t even close.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.
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