Though the San Antonio Spurs are dangerously near the luxury tax threshold and their roster is essentially set in stone, they remain among the potential suitors for disgruntled Andray Blatche, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
Free-agent rumble that just dribbled across the pond: Heat & Spurs among teams to express exploratory interest in free agent Andray Blatche
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 4, 2012
Washington amnestied Blatche, who was set to earn approximately $23.4 million over the next three seasons, because he was detrimental to their ideal organizational culture, as their acquisitions of considerably less volatile veterans Trevor Ariza, Emeka Okafor and Nene attest to, and a poor fit on the court.
In his final season with the Wizards, which spanned 26 games, Blatche posted his worst marks in PER and true shooting percentage, two metrics that are generally reliable indicators of basketball ability.
His shooting inefficiency dropped as his shot selection worsened, predictably. Blatche attempted more than 50% from the most inefficient areas on the floor even though his 31% mark doesn’t warrant that kind of leeway. But being introspective isn’t an inherent quality in Blatche.
Blatche’s rebounding percentage decreased as his support system crumbled from it’s roots in Washington. He was routinely booed for being a malcontent which may have actually adversely affected his play — for the worse.
Also indicative of Blatche’s negative impact on the Wizards: His on court and off court numbers. Washington allowed 108.1 points per 100 possessions defensively with Blatche on the floor compared to 102.8 points per 100 possessions — the difference between the Cleveland Cavaliers (26th) and Indiana Pacers (9th) over the course of the entire year.
So, with this being said, would you still want this guy on the Spurs?