Mar 3, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche (7) is defended by Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Antawn Jamison (4) during the second half at the Verizon Center. The Wizards defeated the Cavaliers 101 - 98. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE
The Washington Wizards have until July 17 to decide on using the amnesty clause on Andray Blatche, and it looks like they will take their time in making up their mind. The team is still undecided on whether to use the clause on Blatche and are considering a number of different options, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge.
Aldridge reports that Ted Leonsis seems reluctant to pay Blatche $23 million not to play, calling that argument a "big ask." The Wizards have trade options with the Bobcats and Pistons, reports Aldridge, but they are reluctant to take back a contract like Tyrus Thomas or Charlie Villanueva. Blatche has three years left on his contract. Villanueva has one year at $8.1 million and a player option for 2013-14 for $8.6 million that he'll surely pick up. Thomas has three years and $26.1 million left on his contract.
The Wizards could also elect to pay Blatche and not allow him to play with the team, which is what the Pacers did with Jamaal Tinsley. While this is the same effect as using the amnesty clause on Blatche, this appears to be an option because coach Randy Wittman has said he does not want to coach Blatche anymore, according to Aldridge. The NBA Players Association filed a grievance against the Pacers for their treatment of Tinsley, and it was never heard because the Pacers bought out Tinsley in July before it could be.
As noted before, the Wizards' salary-cap gains from using the amnesty clause on Blatche are negligible.