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Report: Spurs shopping DeJuan Blair for trade

Jun 28, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

DeJuan Blair, Al Harrington AP

A year ago, everybody in the second round of the NBA Draft was saying “we want to find our DeJuan Blair.”

Now, they can have the real DeJuan Blair because the San Antonio Spurs are shopping him around, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Spurs are shopping forward DeJuan Blair, league sources tell Y! Spurs have Euro picks they could bring over next season, need roster space.

This really isn’t a shock as Blair slipped out of the Spurs rotation more and more as the season wore on and especially in the playoffs. There were matchups where he was effective, but his role had been reduced.

There should be a market for him — he scored 9.5 points on 53 percent shooting and grabbed 14.8 percent of the available rebounds when he was on the floor. He’s an above average four who can give a team 20-25 quality minutes a night and he’s still on his rookie deal. A lot of teams could use that.

  1. wjmoffatt - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Thunder need to jump on this now! That’s all they are missing is a big that has a nice touch around the rim, well another like Nick.

    • trickybastard - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      Except he’s not really a big and that’s why he’s of no use. Good in the regular season, but in the playoffs when defense is king, short guys find the bench

      • wjmoffatt - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

        Perkins isn’t short….Ibaka found himself on the bench as well….Tell that philosophy to the Heat.

  2. doctorfootball - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Blair is a solid, but limited player. That’s why they are willing to trade a guy who they boasted as the “steal” of the draft a few years back.

    • borderline1988 - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:22 PM

      He was a ‘steal’ because generally you don’t find players who are that good that late in the draft.

      The chances that any of the picks in the mid twenties (and later on) will be as good as Blair are small. Everyone’s optimistic about all the draft picks on the day of the draft, but after a couple of years, reality kicks in, and it is likely that most of the 2012’s draft’s most productive players were picked in the lottery, with a handful outside of it.
      He may be a matchup problem against certain teams

      The Spurs are probably thinking of a particular player, who’d fit well within their system.

  3. sk1llz187 - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Perfect with HEAT!!

  4. zzztknk - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Blair is a beast in the paint. Unbelievable the way Blair can double-clutch and score around the rim. Spurs will regret trading him!

  5. ccshocktalk - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Solid player and as someone previously stated would be perfect for teams like the Heat, maybe even the Bobcats who need to save money but still need quality athletes on the floor to pick up some boards and score some points. Pick up Blair and Gordon before the draft pairing them with Kemba Walker and get a stud in the draft and you’re looking at a decent little lineup to make some games interesting. At the very least Charlotte should make a run to get him, get a decent small forward in the draft and you’ll have a decent little nucleus to build the future around.

    Can’t be any worse than any other player Jordan has gone after.

    • gmen4life33 - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      Get your point, but decent kills you in the NBA. Charlotte is better off keeping their #2, sucking next year, get another lottery, and then see what happens. Making moves that make you the 7-12 team in the conference leave you in mediocrity the way the NBA is set up. Oh, and N.O will match any offer on Gordon (even if that means overpaying him and trading him to a desperate team b4 deadline, like Nuggets did with Nene) so thats not happening.

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