The Washington Wizards, as expected, have used the amnesty clause to release disappointing forward Andray Blatche, according to a report by CSN Washington's Chris Miller. Blatche was slated to make $7.2 million next season and $23.4 million over the next three seasons.
Blatche's poor work ethic and disappointing production over the years made this decision a formality, even though the Wizards do not gain immediate salary-cap space with the move. The Wizards dragged their feet until the end of the amnesty period just in case another arrangement developed in which they wouldn't have to pay him not to play. In the end, nothing materialized.
Blatche averaged 8.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last year. He only played 26 games and was shut down in the second half due to poor conditioning. Reports indicate that Wizards coach Randy Wittman had no interest in coaching him anymore.