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Minnesota Timberwolves Must Gamble on Reclamation Project Andray Blatche
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The Washington Wizards amnestied Andray Blatche this July in yet another attempt to distance the current squad from the failure that had become the franchise's calling card.

The organization sent JaVale McGee packing last season in exchange for Nene Hilario, and it went on to acquire veterans Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza to begin an offseason that also involved drafting highly-touted prospect Bradley Beal.

Blatche's days were numbered thanks to his bloated contract and the Wizards' pursuit of a cultural overhaul.

The 6'11" forward-center followed three years of steady improvement with a 2011-12 campaign that saw his scoring production cut nearly in half and his efficiency drop to just 38 percent from the field.

Blatche is fully aware of just how disappointing last season was for Wizards fans and his own expectations alike. He's even desperate enough for a gig that he'd be willing to take a stab at the D-League.

He's been rumored to have drawn interest from both the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, and 1500 ESPN's Darren Wolfson reports that Blatche was at a pick-up game watched by one of the Minnesota Timberwolves' scouts.

Minnesota has already added Brandon Roy and Andrei Kirilenko to the roster this summer, while jettisoning Michael Beasley, Wesley Johnson and Wayne Ellington in separate deals.

Could landing Blatche be the next move on the Timberwolves' radar?

It should be, and here's why.

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