The Nets made pretty clear last summer they didn’t want Andray Blatche.
But now that the Chinese season is ending…
Mike Mazzeo of ESPN:
Miami’s interest came before Hassan Whiteside broke out. The Heat can offer their Josh McRoberts disabled-player exception, worth $2,652,500, but I think Whitside diminishes their desire to add Blatche.
The Grizzlies could offer only a minimum contract – $573,199 and decreasing $3,372 by the day.
The Nets, who hold Blatche’s Early Bird rights, can offer a two-to-four year contract that starts at $ 4,836,469. Though that salary decreases by $33,127 each day, it should be more than enough – if Brooklyn wants to offer multiple years, which the Early Bird Exception requires.
The Nets could also offer a one-year contract worth up to $1,417,681 with the Non-Bird Exception, but that decreases by $9,710 each day.
But the Nets’ reversal on Blatche, given how firmly they cast him off last summer, is fairly surprising. It shows either a team flexible enough to admit its mistakes and adjust or a team that has no idea what it’s doing. Given Brooklyn’s other moves, I know which way I’m leaning.