WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Andray Blatche #7 of the Washington Wizards shoots over the defense of Amare Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks durng the first half at Verizon Center on January 6, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
(SB Nation, DC) 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.