Andray Blatche has been amnestied by the Washington Wizards — they were willing to pay $23 million dollars to have him leave the roster and go somewhere else. That’s a harsh reality.
They caught up with him at CSNWashington.com and talked to him about his time with the Wizards. The key part was his response to the Wizards fans that started to boo him last season.
“I apologize for the effort I gave out there, it wasn’t enough.”
A lot of Wizards fans just nodded.
Blatche will get a chance to win over a new set of fans somewhere in the NBA, some team will pick him up and tell him the slate is wiped clean. But the benefit of the doubt he got in Washington from Ernie Grunfeld and the fans will be gone. Now it’s on him to win them over.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.
LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:
Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.