David Aldridge of NBA.com is reporting that Andray Blatche has declined his $1.43 million player option to return to the Brooklyn Nets next season. This makes Blatche an Unrestricted Free Agent this summer.
Per source, Andray Blatche officially declines $1.43M option for next season with Brooklyn, will become unrestricted free agent.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 20, 2014
Blatche's agent later confirmed the report...
Last year, Blatche had signed a one-year, $1.37 million contract with the Nets, which included the $1.43 million player option for the 2014-15 season. Blatche, however, received almost $7 million in amnesty payments from the Washington Wizards last season and is scheduled to receive a portion of $8.47 million in amnesty payments this season, from the Wizards, depending on how much he earns in salary from whichever team he signs with.
It's uncertain whether the Nets will offer him a contract. Blatche is hoping for a big payday and the Nets can off him up to four years and $25 million but they're also trying to get under the Luxury tax in 2015-16.
- Andray Blatche declines option, becomes free agent - Brian Erni - SNY Nets
- Agent: Andray Blatche opts out, becomes free agent - Ohm Youngmisuk - ESPN New York
- Andray Blatche officially opts out - Rod Boone - Newsday
Andray Blatche opts out as expected, becomes unrestricted free agent - Brett Pollakoff - NBC Sports