Another report that Andray Blatche to the Nets nearly done


When the first reports came out that Andray Blatche had reached a deal with the Nets, his agents/people quickly turned and said it was not a done deal, the Heat were in the mix. Because agents like options and trying to use that as leverage.

But then came John Lucas — the coach Blatche is working with — congratulating him on a Nets’ deal. That was followed on Friday with this from the New York Post.

Andray Blatche, a 6-foot-11 power forward who was an amnesty waiver by the Wizards, will join the Nets with a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, league sources confirmed Thursday.

Blatche, a talented big who also can play center, is a high-reward, low-risk type. His shot selection helped him fall out of favor in Washington, but the Nets believe he could thrive under coach Avery Johnson’s tutelage.

Shot selection was part of it, yes.

But I still like this move for the Nets. One year at a minimum deal is as low risk as it gets, and if Blatche can get his head together and start to play anywhere near his potential for Johnson, it’s a great steal for the Nets. If not, he rides the end of the bench and they are done with him after the season.