On his way out of Spain, Andray Blatche told T.J. Manotoc, a top Filipino sports writer, he was headed for Miami to negotiate a contract with the Heat.
Caught @drayblatche at airport. he's still sad he couldn't bring Gilas further. he's off to Miami now to nego! pic.twitter.com/Yzu29KnNTI— TJ Manotoc (@tjmanotoc) September 5, 2014
Later,Manotoc clarified that while Blatche lives in Miami in the off-season, his trip home had another purpose.
@sriley2006 @NetsDaily they're in talks— TJ Manotoc (@tjmanotoc) September 5, 2014
Blatche and the Heat have been circling each other for about two weeks. Miami is looking for an offensive-minded center who could spell Chris Bosh and Blatche is looking for a job. Miami only has the vets minimum to offer Blatche.
His play for the Philippines at the FIBA World Cup --21.2 points and 13.8 rebounds in five games-- has reportedly helped his chances of a return to the NBA. The Nets have said they are not interested in resigning him. Blatche's poor conditioning and partying lifestyle didn't sit well with Jason Kidd or Billy King.