Rumor: Heat to target Andray Blatche when he returns from Chinese team

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Andray Blatche put up numbers last season — 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 22.2 minutes a game as part of the Nets’ regular rotation — but he was also a guy suspended quietly for four games by the team for his lack of conditioning. The Nets let him walk after the season and no other teams were willing to spend much on him, so Blatche jumped to China for this season (where he reportedly will make $2.5 million).

However, the Chinese season ends early — February or March, depending on how deep a team goes in the playoffs — which means players in that league can return to the NBA for the stretch run and playoffs. When Blatche is eligible, the Heat are interested, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

It’s likely when Blatche returns he will have multiple offers (likely all for the league minimum) to consider. For all the concerns about his erratic play and effort, bigs are just hard to come by in the NBA.