Posted by Royce Young
Wizards forward Andray Blatche has agreed to a three-year contract extension, Michael Lee of the Washington Post reports.
The extension runs through the 2014-15 season. Blatche had two seasons left on his current deal and could've become an unrestricted free agent in 2012, but the Wizards locked him up for the following three years. Over five season, Blatche will earn about $30 million with this new deal. He's set to earn about $6.7 over the next two, so essentially, he signed a three-year deal for $23.3 million.
It all makes a decent amount of sense for Washington. He had a semi-breakout year last season after the Wizards traded Antwan Jamison to the Cavs. Blatche finished the season averaging 14.1 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game, but put up 21.0 ppg and 7.9 rpg the last three months of the season. He's only 24 years old and entering his sixth season, Blatche may be turning into the kind of power forward to build around.
He has had some off-court issues in the past, but his talent is hard to deny. An athletic 6'11 power forward with a quality jumper, good hands and excellent touch around the rim, Blatche may not have even hit his ceiling. It was pretty smart for the Wiz to lock down Blatche now before he has the chance to improve his stock even more with a full season next and eventually deciding to test free agent waters. And at that price, it works out pretty well for both sides.
Blatche gets extended and doesn't have to worry about the new CBA and Washington gets a quality power forward at a discounted rate.