NEW YORK — At the end of the day, Andray Blatche decided to re-sign with the organization that gave him an opportunity to play when nobody else would.
"I had a couple other offers, but this organization gave me a chance when nobody else did, it was about loyalty," Blatche told reporters via conference on the day that the Brooklyn Nets announced that he had re-signed with the club.
"Going elsewhere never even entered my mind," Blatche said.
That is good news for the Nets.
After being amnestied by the Washington Wizards last offseason, Blatche cleared amnesty waivers and became an unrestricted free agent before eventually signing a non-guaranteed one-year deal for the veteran's minimum with the Nets. Signing Blatche was a bit of a risk for general manager Billy King, albeit a small one.
It paid off in a huge way, though.
Blatche spent his offseason in Houston, working out and getting himself into shape, and in 19 minutes per game last season, averaged 10.3 points and 5.1 rebounds. He got an opportunity to show the league that he could still contribute at a high level after falling out of favor in Washington and eventually being paid to go away.
One year later, Blatche once again found himself on the free agent market, but this time, was the object of quite a few NBA team's affection.
At the end of the day, he chose to stay put in Brooklyn, and a busy offseason that saw the team agree to a blockbuster trade to acquire Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry from the Boston Celtics not only gave the Nets high hopes, it made Blatche's decision easier.
"I felt comfortable with the whole organization, and the moves we made as far as the trades, this team will be a legitimate contender to win a championship and I want to be a part of that," he said.
"The whole Brooklyn organization took me in last year when I was down and out," he said. "They helped me out and they gave me a chance and I wanted to show my loyalty back."
And when asked specifically about the impact that coach Jason Kidd had on his return, Blatche said that a meeting between the two, as well as Kidd's assurance that the expected acquisition of Garnett would not diminish his role, helped to seal the deal.
"[Kidd and I] were just talking about what my role would be like, what my minutes would be like. Everything he said, I pretty much agreed with him," he said.
"He also made my decision easier. He told me the minutes were gonna be there for me so don't get discouraged by Kevin Garnett being here."
In all, Blatche is excited to remain a part of the Nets organization and believes that with the moves the team has made this offseason, winning an NBA championship is a realistic goal.
"Every team is gunning for a championship, so why shouldn't we?"
That is the million dollar question. Or, in the Nets case, the $98 million question. That is what the Nets payroll figure will be next season, and it may cost owner Mikhail Prokhorov about $70 million in luxury tax penalties.
Obviously, Prokhorov is sparing no expense in trying to build the Nets into a winner. Obviously, he refuses to put a price on winning.
And fortunately, for the Nets, Blatche—who turned down more lucrative offers from other teams—refused to put a price on his loyalty.