Blatche disappointed before, after contract extension

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--The major question mark surrounding the Wizards at this point is the future of Andray Blatche. Blatche has just completed his seventh season with the Wizards, and his performance has been a huge disappointment, even to Blatche himself. Grunfeld gave Blatche a contract extension through the 2014-15 season that pays him around $7 million per season, to the dismay of many Wizards fans, who have booed Blatche all season long. Blatche missed five weeks with a calf injury, then returned for nine games, but was so out of shape he was deactivated for the rest of the season. He missed 22 games in all, a third of the season.

"It's tough. You're home and people that's supposed to have your back don't have your back," Blatche said of the way the home crowds boo him.

"Instead of encouraging you to get better, they push you down and hope you do worse. It's not only hurting me, it's hurting my teammates. That's what I feel most upset about because I can't come out and perform, help my teammates because I'm letting the crowd get to my head, making me second guess, not letting me be the player that I am. It's very frustrating. I'm just, hopefully, trying to fight over it and overcome."

--The other major question mark is the status of Rashard Lewis, who played only 28 games this season with injuries to both knees. At 32, Lewis is not part of the team's future plans, and Lewis would love to finish his career with a contender, but the Wizards will either need to seeks a trade for Lewis, or buy him out, which they can do for around $13 million. The team needs to go into next season with both Lewis and Blatche off the roster, so the debate is who to trade and who to amnesty.

"I try my best not to think about what's going to happen to me after the season is over with. I think that's pretty much out of my hands. I'll just do my best to focus on getting healthy and being productive out there on the court," Lewis said.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"The trade came so fast, I didn't have time to think. That was the good thing. The plan was to finish strong, and the players did an amazing job. That's the reason God put me here, because of my experience, to help this team take another step, help everybody get to working hard, get better. If everybody continues to play like this, we're going to be in a good situation next season. It wasn't tough (coming to D.C.) because God prepares the right moments for everything." -- Nene, on being traded to the Wizards and the impact he's had on this team.

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