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WASHINGTON —The Washington Wizards waived Andray Blatche on Tuesday,
designating him as the teams amnesty player. Colin Kaepernick Game Jersey . The
25-year-old forward averaged 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds over seven seasons with
the Wizards, who drafted him out of high school in the second round in 2005. The
move enables the Wizards to remove the $23 million remaining on Blatches
contract from their salary cap after he failed to live up to expectations and
dealt with a series of off-court incidents. “Andray did not figure into our
future plans, and using the amnesty provision is a mutually beneficial
opportunity for us to part ways,” Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld said.
Blatche was shot during a carjacking attempt in September 2005, was arrested in
2007 for soliciting sex from an undercover police officer and suspended for a
game in December 2010 for brawling with teammate JaVale McGee outside a
Washington nightclub. He also clashed with coaches. In January 2010, then-coach
Flip Saunders suspended him for a game after he was belligerent with the
coaching staff. At last seasons home opener, Blatche addressed the crowd by
saying: “This is your captain, Andray Blatche,” and after the game complained
there werent enough plays being run for him. In 2011-12, he played in just 26
games, averaging 8.5 points. Wizards coach Randy Wittman banished him from the
team in March to work on his conditioning. Earlier in the season, Blatche missed
time with a calf injury. Attempts to reach Blatche for comment were
unsuccessful. “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,”
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Saturday night.MINNEAPOLIS—Kevin Love has passed all concussion tests and
been cleared by the NBA to return to the court, but the MInnesota Timberwolves
arent about to take any chances with the new face of their franchise. The Wolves
shut their All-Star power forward down on Sunday, not wanting to risk further
injury in the final two games of the season. Love has been out since being
knocked woozy in a game at Denver on April 11. He suffered what the team called
a mild concussion and a strained neck, but the possibility remained that he
would return before the season came to a close. But coach Rick Adelman said
before Sundays game against Golden State that the combination of missed time and
the sensitive nature of head injuries made it not worth the risk. Love returned
to practice on Saturday and said he felt good back on the court, but said he
would do what was in the best interests of his long-term health. Guard
Luke Ridnour also has been shut down with a sprained right ankle that has kept
him out since April 2. “Its just best for both of them not to push it,” Adelman
said. Colin Kaepernick Pink Jersey. Love is fourth
in the league with 26 points per game and second in rebounding with 13.3 per
game. The Timberwolves do not have a first-round pick in next years draft—
their 2012 pick is in the New Orleans Hornets hands as part of a long-ago trade
that brought Marko Jaric to Minnesota and sent Sam Cassell to the Los Angeles
Clippers. The only way the Wolves can have a first-round pick in the June draft
is if Utah makes the playoffs and has to give up its lottery-protected pick,
which was part of the Al Jefferson trade two years ago. So this is not part of
some elaborate tanking strategy aimed at giving the Wolves a better chance at
moving up in the draft lottery. Adelman said Wolves coaches and doctors met to
make the decision jointly. The Wolves finish the season with a game against
Denver on Thursday. “Well just go with the guys we have and hope we can get a
couple of wins,” he said. ’ ’ ’ 

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