Nets forward to make $1.4 million next season
The Brooklyn Nets officially announced the re-signing of forward Andray Blatche on Thursday. The two sides had already agreed to terms, but the deal could not be made official until after the NBA’s annual moratorium on signings and trades passed on Wednesday.
The Nets did not disclose the terms of the deal in their announcement, but it is a multi-year deal worth $1.4 million in 2013-14 with a player option worth $1.437 million for 2014-15, according to Howard Beck of the NY Times and Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News.
“Andray was a vital member of our team last season,“ said Nets General Manager Billy King in a statement. “He provides valuable front court depth, and we look forward to his continued contribution.”
Blatche almost certainly could have gotten more money on the open market, as he had interest from the Clippers and Warriors, per Chris Broussard of ESPN, but he choose to stay in Brooklyn as a way to repay the faith the Nets showed in him a year ago.
“My decision was easy,” Blatche said of returning to Brooklyn during Thursday’s media teleconference. “I felt comfortable with the whole organization. I’m looking forward to playing with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. We have a legitimate chance to win the championship and I want to be a part of that. I had a couple of good offers [from other teams], but this organization gave me a chance when nobody else did.”
Blatche scored 19.5 points with 9.7 rebounds per 36 minutes last year which was a huge comeback from a 2011-12 campaign with the Washington Wizards where he was benched for lack of conditioning and eventually cut via the amnesty clause. Part of the reason why he was probably so willing to take less money with the Nets has to do with the fact that he’s still being paid by the Wizards as part of the buy-out.
With the new additions of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets, Blatche figures to come off the bench for the Nets next season. However, he will likely see plenty of minutes as Garnett is 37-years-old and only averaged 29.7 minutes per game last season.