NBA Trade Speculation: Is Andray Blatche Expendable or Part of Wizards Future?

Kevon Robinson@@Kevon_RobbbCorrespondent IOctober 4, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 05: Andray Blatche #7 of the Washington Wizards before their NBA game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Verizon Center on March 5, 2011 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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With the lockout still awaiting a solution, there have been a select number of Washington Wizards standing out in summer exhibition games.  However, a player that seems to stay out of the spotlight is the young promising forward Andray Blatche.  Many NBA fans expect Blatche to be the first player to appear on the trading block as soon as the lockout gets resolved, but with all the criticism, Blatche made a recent attempt at organizing a team workout to keep the chemistry alive.

Of all the Washington Wizards, the only players that showed up happened to be rookie Chris Singleton and Hamady N’diaye. 

The main reason behind this was because most of the players participated in the Vegas Summer League instead and didn’t have the time to go back to the D.C. area in time.

Blatche may be showing some positive signs of wanting to become a better basketball player but is he for real this time?

He came into the 2010-11 season with high expectations and ended up failing to live up to it due to issues with his consistency. 

If Blatche wants to be the all-star potential player that he claims to be then he is going to have to bring 100% effort on a consistent basis.  Everybody has an off night and he doesn’t have to be perfect but there were times last season where it looked like Blatche gave little to no effort on defense.

Can Blatche be a major contributor to this team in the near future?


Will this be the last chance he will get to prove it?

Probably so.

He has to recognize that with all the new guys coming in, and most of the old era in the past, Blatche is now on an extremely short leash.

Blatche is definitely trying to get himself an identity as a leader who can “lead by example”.

I’m far from being a Blatche fanboy, but imagine the reaction from the D.C. fanbase if Blatche, instead of John Wall, had a giant stack of cash in a strip club talking to a video model.

So there is good reason for Wizards Fans to be skeptical when Andray Blatche declares that he wants to change yet again and wants to take the leader role.

For now let’s just be glad that he tried and hope that he continues to make efforts.

If a team offers to make a deal for Blatche that shows even the slightest interest from the Wizards' front office then I expect them to pull the trigger.  All Blatche can do for now is hope that the organization still has faith in him to try and prove his value to the team.