According to Peter Vecsey, Andray Blatche has decided to re-sign with the Nets. Howard Beck of the Times confirms, tweeting that Blatche will sign a one-year, $1.4 million contract.
Just before Vecsey broke the news, Nets fans were treated to this confusing sequence....
Sources: in addition to Nets, Clippers and Warriors showing interest in Andray Blatche— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 2, 2013
A half hour later, Vecsey tweeted Blatche was staying...
This just in: Been informed Blatche cancelled meetings with other suitors. Meaning Andray has made commitment to Nets.— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) July 2, 2013
Then, minutes after that, Beck chimed in with the details.
Blatche is returning on a one-year, $1.4 million deal.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) July 2, 2013
Blatche will be paid a total of $8,876,820 next season, most of it from the Wizards under a complicated formula the league set up for amnestied players. If the Nets or another team had offered him the mini-MLE, his combined salary and amnesty payout would have reached $9,780,519. The options are laid out here. By signing with the Nets, Blatche will have his Early Bird rights next July and be eligible for a new contract up to four years and $25 million.
Earlier today, the Nets front office and coach Jason Kidd met with Blatche, who spent last season as an important part of the 49-win Nets and was the team's top off-season priority. Brooklyn was long believed to be the favorites in signing the 26-year old, but when the Nets traded for Kevin Garnett last week, a new element was added to the mix. What it might have come down to, actually, is opportunity.
Right now, that would appear to be Brooklyn where he'd likely be the first big off the bench behindBrook Lopez. Both averaged only 30 minutes a game last year, KG because of his age, Lopez because of his foot (and because P.J. Carlesimo used a lot ot Blatche at center)., a who Blatche has called his idol, and
The Nets were the only team to offer Blatche a contract last summer after he was cut by the Wizards. He rewarded them by averaging 10 points and five rebounds in a back-up role ... and finishing 14th in PER. Throughout the season, Blatche spoke of his loyalty to the franchise.
- Sources -- Brooklyn Nets retain center Andray Blatche on 1-year deal - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Brooklyn Nets keep Andray Blatche to backup Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Deron Williams pitches to Kyle Korver via Twitter to join Nets - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Nets re-sign Blatche for $1.4 million - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Nets re-sign key reserve Blatche; hunt on for backup PG - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Andray Blatche agrees to deal to stay with Brooklyn Nets - AP
- Nets reportedly agree with Andray Blatche and are interested in Kyle Korver - Rod Boone - Newsday
- Report: Andray Blatche agrees to re-sign with Nets - Brett Pollakoff - NBC Sports
- Reports: Andray Blatche re-signs with the Nets - Royce Young - CBS Sports
- Knicks’ Countermove May Be Counterproductive - Howard Beck - New York Times
- 2013 Free Agency: Andray Blatche Re-Signs With Brooklyn Nets - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game
- NBA MATES: Andray Blatche and Kevin Garnett To Unite; ‘Dray Still Making Wizards Money ($7.5 million) - Kyle Weidie - Truth About It
- Andray Blatche agrees to re-sign with Nets, continues to stick it to Wizards - Mike Prada - Bullets Forever
- Andray Blatche returns to Nets on the cheap - Mike Prada - SB Nation