Sources: Nets, Andray Blatche to talk

Updated: September 1, 2012, 5:18 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to

Even if the Brooklyn Nets take a flyer on Andray Blatche, they won't be offering the free agent big man a guaranteed contract, league sources told ESPN

The Nets currently have 13 players with guaranteed contracts. If they do fill their remaining two spots, they will be with training camp invites/non-guaranteed deals who end up winning the spots, league sources said.

Looking to explore all of their options, Nets coach Avery Johnson will meet with Blatche sometime over the weekend, league sources confirmed.

Both Johnson and Blatche are living in the Houston area during the offseason, which makes it easy for them to meet with one another.

The Nets are still looking for more depth up front. They currently lack a traditional center to play behind starter Brook Lopez and worked out Eddy Curry and Hilton Armstrong on Wednesday. Armstrong signed a contract to play in Greece the next day.

Blatche, 26, stands 6-foot-11 and isn't a traditional center, but is certainly an intriguing talent. He averaged career highs of 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the Washington Wizards in 2010-11, but was amnestied by the team this offseason due to poor play and questionable off-court behavior.

The New York Times first reported the impending meeting between Johnson and Blatche.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to



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