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Jan 30, 2013 12:12am
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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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