Just a week after Xinjiang signed NBA role player Jordan Crawford, the team has inked a deal with another NBA veteran Andray Blatche. According to Sina.cn, the deal is worth about $2.5 million which is more than double the amount of an NBA veteran minimum contract.
Blatche is coming off of an impressive performance with the Philippines at the 2014 Spain FIBA World Cup where he averaged 21 points and 13 rebounds. He was praised by the Philippines fans for helping the team reach their first World Cup victory in 40 years when the team beat Senegal in their last game.
Blatche played 10 seasons in the NBA. Eight of those seasons were spent with the Washington Wizards and the other two with the Brooklyn Nets. I was the time Blatche spent with the Wizards that made media headlines.
In 2005, Blatche suffered gunshot wounds just three months after getting drafted in the second round of the NBA draft by the Washington Wizards. In 2008, Blatche was arrested in south-central Virginia on charges of reckless driving and driving on a suspended license for the third time.
Most recently, while playing for the Brooklyn Nets, Blatche was investigated by Philadelphia police about an alleged rape that occurred in a Philadelphia hotel room.
In his 10-year NBA career, Blatche earned a total of $31,255,166 USD in salaries. It’s rumoured that this summer, Gilas Pilipinas paid Blatche around $1 million to become a naturalized citizen.
The Xinjiang Flying Tigers are favourites to make the CBA finals again this season.