Andray Blatche would've had an easy choice for a jersey number after signing with the Brooklyn Nets had all-star guard Joe Johnson not already claimed the No. 7.

"That's what messed me up," Blatche said with a grin on Monday, as he prepared to face his former team, the Wizards, on the Nets' practice court at Barclays Center.

Blatche wore the No. 7 in his last three seasons in Washington – the "Seven Day Dray" period when he was supposed to rise above the underachieving early part of his career and provide some production to match the potential. But just as he rose to being a promising talent who earned a massive contract extension, he fell into being a downtrodden flameout who was unceremoniously brushed aside.

Moving to Brooklyn forced Blatche to pick a number that now has multiple meanings. He chose zero – which his former teammate Gilbert Arenas turned into a movement; and a number that Blatche said symbolically described where he was last July, when the Wizards used the amnesty clause to end their seven-year relationship with him.