Wizards Sign Andray Blatche To a Contract Extension
"According to a league source with knowledge of the situation, Blatche agreed to an extension that will keep him with the team through the 2014-15 season. Blatche had two seasons left on his deal and could've become an unrestricted free agent in 2012, but the Wizards didn't want to take the risk of letting him go on the open market with the possibility of lockout looming after this season, the source said.
Blatche, 24, is coming off a season in which he averaged career highs of 14.1 points and 6.3 rebounds. After the Wizards dealt away Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood at the trade deadline, Blatche's production increased to 22.1 points on 48.5 percent shooting, with 8.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.5 steals over the final 32 games. He will enter his sixth season after entering the league as the 49th pick in the 2005 NBA draft.
The 6-foot-11 Blatche, who signed a five-year deal worth $15 million in the summer of 2007, was slated to earn $3.26 million this season and $3.52 million next season. But the deal is structured in a complicated manner that allows the Wizards to give him a salary boost the next two seasons, using some of their available salary cap space. So, this basically works out to being a five-year contract with Blatche is expected to earn more than $30 million between now and the end of this deal. "
I don't know why Blatche has been overshadowed by JaVale McGee this off season. Blatche is a very good ball handler and passer in a 6'11 frame. If you've watched his game, he reminds me of a younger Pau Gasol but more athletic. A bit sluggish and lazy but when he's on his game, he can easily get himself 30pts, 12rbs, and 5asts
Great move. The fact that guys like Amir Johnson, Travis Outlaw, and Tyrus Thomas got bigger contracts is funny. Blatche may have character issues but those guys have skills issues which is much bigger, IMO. I thought signing him a few years back to a 5 year/15 mil deal was genius, this extension is just as good. A player with his skill set could easily demanded a starting price of 8 to 9 mil a year in which they wouldn't be able to afford him with all of their youngsters. Also picking up the extra year on Javale is big. I think it makes it so that him and Arenas are free agents in the same summer which allows you to see where you want your money. Wizards are quietly building a very good team without making splashy moves. They still have a ton of financial flexibility even if they can't move Arenas. If Caron Butler joins them next summer like he's hinted as a possibility a starting 5 with Wall/Arenas/Butler/Blatche/Mcgee could be lethal, not to mention there are some nice bench players like Josh Howard, Thornton, Hinrich, Yi, and developing guys like Seraphin, Nick Young, Booker, etc. Blatche just needs to up his work ethic and prove he can be a team player because skills wise he is a rare blend. He's 6-11", has long arms and a very thick build. Decent rebounder, underrated shot blocker, great ballhandler/passser, automatic mid range game and some nifty fakes and scoop shots inside. He has a Jamison type offensive game minus the alergy Jamison has with any area in the lane.
This is a steal.
I like Blatche (even before the Barbershop meeting), if he's focus and not worried about just himself, John Wall has another good player to throw to.