Bye and thank you.

That was Andray Blatche's message to Washington Wizards fans after being waived under the league's amnesty rules. That means the team will pay him the rest of the $23 million owed him, but it won't count against their payroll toward the salary cap. In other words, life just got even easier for Andray Blatche. Which is kind of hard to fathom.

But as hard as I've been on Blatche, I will say this: Nothing became him quite like his leaving Washington. (Billy Shakespeare is a Wizards season ticket holder. Heck, his theater is just down the street.)

Blatche needed to go, badly. But his farewell to the fans here — via Comcast SportsNet's Chris Miller, showed more thought and maturity than pretty much all of his time here combined.

"My message to them is I appreciate it, thank you, please continue to support me, I'm gonna need it. And for the fans that was booing me, I want to tell them I apologize for the effort, I guess, I gave out there that wasn't enough. And last words I can to both sides is bye and thank you."

You can be angry at Blatche for a lack of effort even he seems to recognize. You can be angry for what seemed at times to be a lack of work ethic. You can be frustrated over those flashes of talent that were just enough to drive fans, coaches, even teammates nuts. There are dozens of reasons to be glad to see the last of Andray Blatche.

But there aren't 23 million reasons. Don't blame Blatche for taking the money. Like you'd have given it back? The responsibility for that financial transaction rests directly with team President Ernie Grunfeld, who wanted to give him a three-year contract extension despite the fact he was injured, and owner Ted Leonsis, who let Grunfeld do it to "show him our confidence" in Blatche.