The offensively talented big man had the ability to remain in the Barclays Center for the 2014-15 season, though he'd have made only $1.4 million. Rather than pigeonhole himself onto the Nets roster, Blatche decided to opt out and become an unrestricted free agent, seeking out both a bigger payday and a longer deal that would bless him with the guarantee of financial security.
That plan hasn't worked.
While the free-agent market has just about dried up, save a few prominent names, Blatche is still flopping around without a destination for the next go-round. In fact, he's drawn virtually no interest around the league, linked to only a pair of teams throughout the offseason.
Plus, the Nets, who could've offered him up to a four-year, $25 million deal by using his early Bird rights, have basically cut all ties with the big man. Even though he's coming off a season in which he averaged 11.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game with a player efficiency rating of 18.8, per Basketball-Reference.com, he's no longer wanted.
"We had our reasons," said Nets general manager Billy King during a radio spot right after the moratorium lifted, as relayed by Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. Those reasons applied to Brooklyn's decision to consider Blatche "out of the mix" for a new contract.
That sentiment was reiterated during the press conference for Jason Kidd's departure. The New York Post's Tim Bontemps has the details:
During his press conference Tuesday morning to address the departure of coach Jason Kidd to hold the same position with the Bucks, King said he had reached out to Paul Pierce, Shaun Livingston and Alan Anderson and expressed an interest in retaining them.
King was then asked if he had reached out to Blatche to voice any interest in bringing him back.
'No,' King said.
Blatche, whose role declined for undisclosed reasons—presumably his lack of discipline and effort on the court—toward the end of the season, is running out of options.
Fortunately for the 27-year-old big man, there are still a few teams out there who could use his services.