Brooklyn Nets and Andray Blatche Reportedly Agree to 1-Year Deal

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2012

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Andray Blatche's baggage kept him from staying with the Washington Wizards, but the 26-year-old power forward appears to have found another place to run the floor next season.

 

Update: Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7:45 a.m. ET

Michael Lee of the Washington Post reports no final agreement has been reached between Blatche and the Nets. Even though they are on his shortlist of teams, Lee states the forward also has an offer available from the defending champion Miami Heat.

It doesn't mean Blatche won't end up signing a deal with the Nets. It just hasn't happened quite yet with the big man still weighing his available options, according to Lee.

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Original Update

According to Yahoo! Sports reporter Marc J. Spears, Blatche has agreed in principle to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets:

Free agent F Andray Blatche has agreed in principle to a 1-year contract paying the minimum with the Brooklyn Nets, a source told Y! Sports.

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) September 6, 2012

Blatche was one of the most notable names remaining on the NBA free-agent market. He fits what the Nets need, and he comes at a cost-efficient price.

In his seven-year career, Blatche has averaged 9.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He was given a three-year, $35 million deal in 2010, but he never lived up to those expectations.

The Nets are trying to make a push in the Eastern Conference this season. Blatche will never be mistaken for Dwight Howard in the paint, but he adds another body to their frontcourt rotation.

He will provide depth behind center Brook Lopez and power forward Kris Humphries. Reggie Evans brings unmatched toughness down low, but Blatche brings more talent to the table.

Blatche isn't ready to lead an NBA team to the playoffs, but he could be a key piece in the right role. He's an athletic forward, but his fragile mentality can't handle high expectations.

On a veteran squad, don't expect Blatche to get out of line. The Nets have a definite goal in mind, and Blatche must know his place if he wants to stick around.

If Blatche can keep his head on straight, this is a solid addition. Even if he doesn't, it doesn't hurt to spend the veteran's minimum in exchange for some upside.