If Andray Blatche has any shot at returning with the Wizards next season he needs to be spending this entire off-season trying to get into the best condition of his career. The 6'11" Blatche was shelved for the last 23 games of this past season for not being in good enough shape, which is inexcusable at the professional level.
Blatche has struggled with conditioning and weight seemingly his entire NBA career. If he wants to get another chance with the Wizards, or any other NBA team for that matter, he must dedicate himself to eating right, lifting weights and running. It's that simple.
If he hasn't already, Blatche should hire a trainer and perhaps a personal chef to finally get him on the right track.
The lack of conditioning clearly affected Blatche last season as he appeared about 25-30 pounds overweight and his production dropped dramatically. A year after scoring 16 points a game, Blatche averaged just 8 points and 6 rebounds for the Wizards last season.
Blatche's best game of the season came in early January with a 28-point, 9-rebound outburst in a loss at Boston. It was part of a stretch in which Blatche scored in double figures in five straight games, but then he missed 14 games with a calf injury. When Blatche returned, his minutes went down and his conditioning was so bad he was basically deactiviated by the team.
Besides getting in tip-top shape, Blatche should use this summer to work on his explosiveness to the rim. Too often last year, Blatche couldn't finish around the rim. Maybe it was the extra weight or the lack of strength, but Blatche struggled to close out on close shots inside.
Blatche appears not to be in the Wizards' plan but if he shows them he has committed himself finally to being a pro then maybe, just maybe, he could be given a final shot.