Tuesday afternoon it became official. The Washington Wizards used their one-time amnesty provision on Andray Blatche.
No one should question whether or not this is the right move — it absolutely is — but we all wondered whether or not this day would actually come. The team seemed non-committal to making a decision on Blatche, until it began to leak out last night that Ernie Grunfeld was leaning towards using the amnesty provision on Blatche.
Grunfeld had this to say following the decision:
Andray did not figure into our future plans, and using the amnesty provision is a mutually beneficial opportunity for us to part ways. 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. We wish him the best moving forward.
With this decision the Wizards still owe Andray Blatche the reamining 23 million dollars on his contract over the next three seasons, but none of that money affects their salary cap. Also with this decision, the Wizards now have twelve players under contract, including the recently re-signed Cartier Martin.
Goodbye Andray, you won’t be missed and you certainly won’t be forgotten.