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Links: Ex-Washington Wizard Andray Blatche clears waivers, becomes free agent

And I'm free!! Free fallin'...
And I'm free!! Free fallin'...

Saturday links:

  • Not a surprise: Andray Blatche cleared waivers and became a free agent Wednesday. [Wizards Insider]
  • Tracee Hamilton zeroes in on what doomed Blatche's tenure with the Wizards: He never acted like a professional athlete. [Washington Post]
  • The guys over at Wiz of Awes have produced not one, but two reflections on Blatche's seven-year run with the Wizards.
  • After amnestying Blatche, the Wizards have reportedly joined a pack of teams pursuing forward Anthony Tolliver. Mike likes the idea of the Wiz adding a stretch four like Tolliver, but isn't sure he's a perfect fit given his stats last season (24 percent shooting from three, 39 percent overall).
  • As expected, Tomas Satoransky will play overseas next year. It's been the general wisdom since the Wizards selected him in the second round last month that the team planned to stash him overseas for a year or two, but it sounds like Satoransky decided to play in the Summer League in part to try and convince the team he was ready for the NBA. The Czech flashed some skills, but it seems to be in the best interest of both parties if he continues his development in Europe. [Us | Wizards Insider]
  • Shelvin Mack' summer league performance likely did little to abate the Wizards' desire for a veteran backup to John Wall, but their options are quickly dwindling. [Washington Examiner]
  • Bradley Beal is among the rookies that shined during summer league. [The Point Forward]
  • For fans who still weren't sure whether trading JaVale McGee for Nene was good idea, hopefully Pierre's new four-year, $44 million contract helped clear things up for you. [Washington Examiner]
  • Frank Hanrahan breaks down a Hawks roster retooled in the wake of trading Joe Johnson to the Nets. [CSN Washington]
  • Could Terrence Ross emerge as the starting two-guard in Toronto? [The Point Foward]
  • Equipped some some select dialogue from HBO's Game of Thrones, Bill Simmons breaks down the NBA offseason as only he can. [Grantland (Part I, Part II)]
  • NBA owners voted Thursday to expand the use of instant replay next season, principally to include all flagrant fouls and more late game situations. [The Point Forward | ProBasketballTalk | CSN Washington]
  • With the NBA set to put ads on players' jerseys in the near future, Eric Freeman has suggestions for sponsors that would would fit well with each franchise. His idea for the Wizards is much better than the ones I came up with yesterday. [Ball Don't Lie]
  • James Harden, American Hero. [SB Nation]
  • Who will be Team USA's toughest opponents in London? [SI]
  • This is an awesome photo of Team USA in front of what I believe to the be the Palau Nacional in Barcelona. But the best part, as Andrew Sharp points out, is finding Waldo the White Guy. [SB Nation]
  • Here's a breakdown of the salary cap outlook for each team in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference.
  • Is it even conceivable that Adam Morrison could find his way onto an NBA roster next season? [SB Nation]