Miami Heat draft updates: Andray Blatche latest big to come free on market

Thursday, two days after being placed on amnesty waivers, Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche made it through that process and now is an unrestricted free agent.

Blatche joins fellow amnesty alums Darko Milicic and Chris Andersen as centers who now can go to the team of their choice.

The market for Milicic apparently shrunk by at least one team Thursday, when the Los Angeles Clippers signed free-agent center Ryan Hollins. The Clippers had been among the finalists for Milicic, with the Heat still in that group.

At 25, Blatche is the youngest of the 14 amnesty players to go through the buyout process that relieves their previous teams of the players' luxury-tax burdens.

As with the other amnesty cuts, Blatche will receive the reminder on his contract, in this case $23 million over the next three seasons.

Because of that guaranteed payout, it makes it more likely he would accept a minimal deal, which is all the Heat are in position to offer.

While the Heat likely will play Chris Bosh at center going forward, as they did during the latter stages of their just-completed championship run, the team's depth at center is somewhat limited, with Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman the team's only centers currently under contract.

While the Heat guaranteed Pittman's contract for 2012-13, he is in the midst of a foul-filled, uneven performance with the Heat's summer-league roster in Las Vegas.

Having cleared waivers, there is no deadline for Anderson, Milicic or Blatche to sign.

To appreciate how far Blatche, who is listed at 6 feet 11, has fallen, he could have been claimed on amnesty waivers for $3.8 million total over the next three seasons by any team currently operating below the NBA salary cap, with each of those teams electing to bypass the underachieving former Syracuse standout.

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