Nets In Lead To Sign Andray Blatche

September 5 2012 at 7:01pm CDT By Luke Adams

7:01pm: The Nets are confident about completing a deal for Blatche this week, Stein adds in a tweet.

6:44pm: ESPN.com's Marc Stein hears that the Nets are the team "in pole position" to sign Blatche (Twitter link).

4:39pm: Andray Blatche has been on the free agent market since being amnestied by the Wizards in mid-July, having been linked to the Spurs and Heat, among other teams. Most recently, the Nets were said to have interest in Blatche, working him out in Houston this weekend. Speaking to Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld, the 26-year-old big man said he felt good about how the workout went.

"It went well," Blatche said. "It was me and one of the coaches, and we worked out. I thought I did great. But I'm still going to continue to work out with John [Lucas] until I'm on a team, so I can continue to get my body in better shape, and continue fine-tuning my game."

Blatche, who is working out with Lucas in Houston, added that "hopefully within the next couple of days I can be on an NBA roster." While it may not happen quite that quickly, it appears the former Wizard is aiming to join a team in time for training camp. As for the Wizards' decision to amnesty him, Blatche told Ingram that the experience was humbling, but that it didn't catch him off guard.

"It was a mutual feeling," Blatche said. "I wasn't so much surprised as a lot of other people were because it was something that was talked about, and it was something that I'd pretty much seen coming after how the season went."

Blatche, whose production fell off a cliff last year, in large part due to conditioning issues, still has a 15.5 career PER in seven NBA seasons. He also shouldn't require a significant financial commitment, since he'll still earn north of $23MM from Washington over the next three years.

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