Andray Blatche playing well and playing more minutes. Now, he's being teamed with Brook Lopez up front, which could raise his value and his profile as a free agent. There aren't a lot of 26-year-old big men out there with as high a PER as he has. In fact, there is only one, Lopez. What are the chances the Nets hang on to him? As they say, it's complicated. We looked at this a while back and with Blatche's new visibility, it's worth a second look. First of all, Blatche and others in his situation are making more than reported on salary websites, the result of a complicated NBA formula that somewhat penalizes teams that amnesty players while at the same time providing more money to the players themselves. Some reporting has suggested a straight dollar-for-dollar "offset" for players amnestied and signed by a new team. That is not the case, league sources tell NetsDaily. In fact, the formula is more complicated and Blatche makes nearly $1 million more than what he would have made from amnesty payments alone ... and the Wizards don't get a dollar-for-dollar offset. His total salary, according to one of the sources, is actually $8.1 million this season, rather than the $7.1 million owed him in amnesty payments. Also, the difference will likely rise in the final two years of the contract, under the formula.
Keeping Andray Blatche won't be easy for Brooklyn Nets
Nets Daily | Mar 14