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Report: Spurs continue to shop DeJuan Blair

Jan 9, 2013, 10:38 PM EDT

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With just about every NBA General Manager in the same gym at the D-League showcase in Idaho, you’re going to see a lot of trade talk start to heat up. However, when it comes to the San Antonio Spurs and DeJuan Blair, that heat is more like an enduring flame than a spark. Basically, the Spurs have been shopping Blair for quite some time. With Tiago Splitter looking like a permanent fixture next to Tim Duncan in the frontcourt, Blair has largely dropped out of the rotation, even though Gregg Popovich distributes his regular season minutes like a youth league coach.

Blair only playing 14 minutes a game doesn’t really give him a big chance to distribute, but he’s been a productive player in the past. He has an above-average career PER of 17.1, he’s a monster offensive rebounder, and he plays hard. He’s definitely very limited as a defender, but in a bench role, you could see why a contender would be interested. Someone like, say, the Miami Heat? Here’s Alex Kennedy with more:

It’s no surprise that DeJuan Blair may be moved prior to the trade deadline on February 21. The San Antonio Spurs have been shopping him for quite some time, and nearly traded him in June. In the days leading up to the 2012 NBA Draft, the Spurs spoke to a number of teams about the 23-year-old big man. They nearly sent Blair to the Miami Heat, but the deal fell apart.

Now, San Antonio is once again shopping Blair and seeing what teams are willing to offer.

Blair becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season and it’s unlikely that he re-signs with the Spurs since his role has decreased significantly.

Via HoopsWorld | Alex Kennedy

Blair is still young, and could probably use a change of scenery and more consistent minutes. If San Antonio plans on letting him go in the offseason, they’d be well-served to get something for him before the deadline, even if it’s only a second round draft pick or a prospect to stash. Blair has never been a big part of the playoff rotation anyhow, so it may be the best thing for both parties.

Maybe the Heat should revisit the trade? Udonis Haslem, who is somehow 32-years-old already, has pretty much fallen off a cliff in terms of production. He plays nearly 20 minutes a night with a PER of 8.3, so Blair, at least on paper, would seem to represent a pretty substantial upgrade.

Regardless of whether Miami is still interested or not, it sounds like Blair’s days as a Spur may finally be coming to an end.

  1. mazblast - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    I’m not sure why San Antonio would make a deal that would help the Heat. And what does Miami have that San Antonio would want in return?

    • saintlaron - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      ^^^How losers think. Looking at the negative first. What you get in return is a player off your team that doesn’t fit in the long term plans. That roster spot can be used to do what the Spurs do better than most teams: develop unwanted talent.

    • eventhorizon04 - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      Good question.
      Miami’s own first round draft pick in 2012 is gone due to the LeBron James sign-and-trade with Cleveland.

      However, Miami has a lottery-protected pick from Philadelphia that it earned by trading down in the 2012 NBA draft. Philadelphia used Miami’s 27th overall pick to select Arnett Moultrie in 2012.

      In addition, some teams have expressed interest in Norris Cole, Miami’s first round pick in 2011, who serves as the primary backup point guard.

      Those are the pieces that would be in play I think in exchange for a bench player on San Antonio.

  2. dko83 - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    I remember when they (sports media) said Blair was a mistake, seeing as how those ligaments don’t exist, etc.. Kudos to him for making it this far and being a good player, beast on the glass. The similarities to Sullinger are uncanny.

  3. drunkenjunk - Jan 10, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    saintlaron, so i’m guessing you just don’t think? why would you give anything to the defending champs, who are probably gonna cruise to another ring.

  4. letangusespertplus - Jan 10, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Thunder are looking for a post presence and supposedly Maynor is on the block? Doubt the Spurs would help them after last year though.

  5. ayochaser - Jan 10, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I’ve been a DeJuan Blair fan since Pitt and sad to see this happen to him. Probably the classiest franchise in the NBA who seemingly snatched him in the draft found a way to lose him in the rotation. I believe in fresh starts, and hopefully he gets one somewhere. I doubt the spurs move him to a serious contender tho.

  6. lionsplayoffs - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    The bigger story here is how Tim Duncan refuses to go gently into that goodnight. It’s pretty amazing that he has turned the downside of his career around, even if just a little. You don’t see that very often. Curtis Martin comes to mind, and that was only for one year. Timmy really looks good lately.

  7. wowwowbad - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    If the Spurs can somehow manage to trade him for Norris Cole than it will be a good one.

  8. snoop97dawg - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    the trade will be straight up for James Jones. I’m calling it if it happens

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