NBA Rumors: Andray Blatche Could Only Help Miami Heat in Their Repeat Efforts

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistAugust 7, 2012

Mar 15, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche (7) drives the ball toward the basket in front of New Orleans Hornets forward Gustavo Ayon (15) during the second quarter at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-US PRESSWIRE
Crystal LoGiudice-US PRESSWIRE

As the Miami Heat continue their attempt to strengthen the efforts for a repeat after winning the 2012 NBA title, Andray Blatche presents them with an intriguing option to fortify the bench. 

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Heat are one of the teams interested in the Washington Wizards' amnesty victim: 

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

For the Heat, this is an ideal low-risk, high-reward situation. Blatche could be a valuable asset coming off the bench if he could screw his head on straight. If not, the Heat are only going to be paying him the veteran's minimum in any scenario.

Blatche's biggest problem has always been an attitude one.

If Pat Riley, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Shane Battier and Ray Allen can't convince him to get his head out of his you know what, then he just might be a hopeless case.

In that situation, no harm, no foul.  

The important thing about Blatche's past is that it's past. Whether you want to call it "past," "not present," "happenings from a time that has already occurred" or some other phrase, Blatche's mistakes are currently behind him. 

That's not to say that there won't be more. I'm not a fortune teller when it comes to prediction player personalities. I don't have a crystal ball that works in that way, and I most certainly can't read tea leaves. 

His "attempting to solicit sex from a female police officer" came in 2007, his reckless driving in 2008. Last year, he downgraded the crime and was just lazy and out of shape throughout the season, showing absolutely no motivation to play well. 

He won't be surrounded by JaVale McGee and Jordan Crawford in this potential new situation though, rather an NBA MVP and a host of other great players. 

So far, he hasn't done anything wrong during the 2012-2013 season. 

The Heat can afford to take a flier like this in free agency. 

Blatche still has a ton of athleticism and talent. He just has a negative basketball I.Q. 

If LeBron and company can even turn that into an average number, they'll have yet another key contributor. If they can't, they'll have another Eddy Curry, doomed to sit uselessly on the bench and turn basketball talent into thumb-twiddling talent. 

Last I checked, Curry didn't prevent the Heat from winning a championship. 

Neither would Blatche. He could only help.