Mar 10, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche (7) attempts a shot as Portland Trail Blazers center Joel Przybilla (10) defends during the first half at the Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE
ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Washington Wizards are giving "renewed consideration" to releasing Andray Blatche through the amnesty clause to avoid paying $23 million to the power forward.
Less than two years since the Washington Wizards gave Andray Blatche a contract extension that would pay him $35 million over five seasons, the Wizards want to move on without the power forward/center. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the team could consider using the amnesty clause on Blatche so as to avoid the $23 million still owed to the former 2nd round pick.
Amnesty scuttle: Hearing Wiz giving "renewed consideration" to releasing Andray Blatche through amnesty clause during July 11-17 window— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 10, 2012
Stein also says that the Wizards are looking to trade Blatche, but realize a deal would be "near-miraculous."
In other words Wiz have 'til July 17 to keep scouring for Blatche trade. Wiz choice then, I'm told, is amnesty or pay Blatche to stay home— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 10, 2012
Blatche has played seven seasons in the NBA, all with the Wizards, and has a career average of 9.9 points per game with 5.4 rebounds.