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. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Wizards fans won't have to wait long to see what Andray Blatche looks like in an opposing uniform. According to Michael Lee, Andray Blatche's agent has confirmed he will be signing a deal with the Nets at some point next week. That means Blatche will face the Wizards in the Nets' preseason home opener at the Barclays Center on October 15th before making his return to the Verizon Center in the regular season on January 4th.
Much like many of the other Wizards who have moved on in the past year, Blatche finds himself in a position where he can contribute to a team that can make the playoffs. Better yet, with Kris Humphries and Reggie Evans already on the roster, the Nets don't need him to be the tough, inside presence that some fans clamored for him to be in Washington. He can narrow his focus on using more of his perimeter-based skills, which hopefully leads to an uptick in his efficiency.
After a humbling summer, Andray Blatche has found a favorable landing spot to turn around his career. Can he actually turn things around in Brooklyn? Let's hope for his sake he can answer that question better than he repeatedly answered it in Washington.