Andray Blatche to China: Latest Contract Details, Analysis and Reaction

September 20th, 2014 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »

Andray Blatche is headed abroad. The veteran big man agreed a deal with China's Xinjiang Flying Tigers, according to Adam Zagoria of

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski provides contract details:

Julius Manicad of The Daily Tribune indicates Blatche will be joining Jordan Crawford:

Blatche, 27, averaged 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game on 47.6 percent shooting last season with the Nets. He chose to exercise his player option, turning down a contract for a little more than $1.4 million in 2014-15.

While some expected him to draw significant interest on the open market, the waters instead proved tepid. The Raptors met with the 6'11" forward earlier this month at Las Vegas Summer League but he left without a contract offer. There were also conflicting reports of interest from the Pelicans.

A return to the Nets never seemed like much of an option. General manager Billy King said multiple times at the beginning of free agency that the team was moving in a different direction, seemingly insinuating a behind-the-scenes rift.

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