Andray Blatche was a regular rotation player for the Nets last season, and largely played well while averaging 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per contest over 73 regular season appearances.
But now that he’s a free agent, Brooklyn won’t pursue bringing him back next season.
From Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York:
The Brooklyn Nets will not be bringing back Andray Blatche next season.
When GM Billy King was asked if he had reached out to Blatche, now an unrestricted free agent, King flatly responded, “No.” …
In late December, Blatche missed four games due to “personal reasons.”
But in reality, Blatche was basically suspended indefinitely by coach Jason Kidd due to a lack of “conditioning and preparedness,” Grantland reported Monday.
December was a log time ago, and Kidd, as you may have heard, is no longer the head coach.
But Blatche fit well on last year’s Nets team, so one would think this decision is more about Blatche the person than it is about his on-court performance.
Alan Anderson had surgery last May on his left ankle to remove some bone spurs. This wasn’t seen as anything major, so the Washington Wizards signed him to a deal and are counting on him to bring some versatility and depth to their wings.
However, that same ankle has bothered him since the opening of training camp and on Tuesday the Wizards announced that he had undergone another surgery to “remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle.”
There is no timetable for his return.
The Wizards liked Anderson because of his shooting and versatility — he can play the two, three or four depending on the lineup. The Wizards are counting on a combination of Otto Porter, Jared Dudley, and Anderson to fill the void left by Paul Pierce.
But they are going to have to wait a little while for Anderson to join the party.
Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.
And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com.
Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.
Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.
Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.