The Washington Wizards have released the following statement, officially announcing that forward Andray Blatche has been designated as the team's amnesty player.
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has waived forward Andray Blatche and has designated him as the team's amnesty player. Under the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement, the amnesty provision allows the Wizards to remove the remainder of Blatche's contract from the team's salary cap.
"Andray did not figure into our future plans, and using the amnesty provision is a mutually beneficial opportunity for us to part ways," said Grunfeld. "We will be able to continue to develop our core group of young players, blend in the solid veterans we have acquired and maintain financial flexibility while Andray will be able to get a fresh start with another team. We wish him the best moving forward."
Blatche averaged 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 409 career games with the Wizards. He was originally acquired as second round selection (49th overall) in the 2005 NBA Draft.
Blatche was owed $23.4 million over the next three seasons, including $7.1 million in 2012-13. If a team claims Blatche off waivers, his salary with that team will be subtracted from whatever amount the Wizards owe him.
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