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Andray Blatche is close to making a huge change in his life.

Blatche has said that he is half-Filipino in the past was the subject of a bill that passed unanimously within the country’s government yesterday which approved his citizenship.

The New York Post reported that Andray Blatche took a huge step towards becoming a naturalized citizen of the Philippines. The move would allow the Nets big man to play on an international stage this fall.

The Filipino Senate unanimously passed a bill to approve Blatche becoming a naturalized citizen, with the only remaining step being President Benigno S. Aquino III signing the bill into law, which he is expected to do. That would allow Blatche to become a member of the Filipino national basketball team.

Blatche, who averaged 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds this season off the bench, would easily be the best player on the Filipino team, which will be one of 24 competing in the FIBA World Cup — formerly known as the World Championships — in Spain during August and September.

The 6-foot-11 Blatche will be an unrestricted free agent this summer after serving as a productive reserve each of the past two seasons in Brooklyn.

Source: SLAM