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Blatche officially inked

Washington Wizards' Andray Blatche poses for a photograph

Washington Wizards' Andray Blatche poses for a photograph during NBA basketball media day. (Dec. 15, 2011) (Credit: AP)

With less than three weeks until they open training camp, the Nets finally have themselves a backup center.

They officially inked Andray Blatche today, signing the athletic 6-11 big man to a one-year non-guaranteed deal. Blatche was amnestied by the Wizards and has had his share of issues since entering the league in 2005. But the Nets hope they can help get Blatche's career back on track and he'll serve as Brook Lopez's understudy.

Blatche's signing means the Nets now have 14 players under contract, a number that will grow to 15 once Josh Childress inks his one-year, non-guaranteed deal to serve as the primary backup shooting guard behind starter Joe Johnson. Childress' pact could also become official at some point today.

Below is the Nets' release on Blatche:

Blatche played in 26 games for the Washington Wizards in 2011-12, making 13 starts. The 6-11 forward averaged 8.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 24.1 minutes per game. As a starter, Blatche posted averages of 11.5 points and 7.4 rebounds in 31.0 minutes per game. Due to a calf injury, Blatche was forced to miss the last 40 games of the season.

The South Kent High School (South Kent, CT) alum was selected 49th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Wizards. In seven NBA seasons, all with the Washington, Blatche holds career averages of 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 409 games, including 176 starts. During the 2010-11 season, Blatche posted career-highs of 16.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 33.9 minutes per game. 

Blatche has made postseason appearances twice, in 2006-07 and 2007-08. In eight career playoff games, he averaged 3.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per contest.

Tags: Andray Blatche , Josh Childress , Brooklyn Nets

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