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Another guy who could get traded: DeJuan Blair

Feb 12, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

DeJuan Blair AP

A couple years ago DeJuan Blair was everybody’s favorite NBA players without any ACLs… well, he still is that as he is alone. But he was a regular part of the Spurs bigs rotation — 21 minutes a night, 8.3 points and 7 rebounds a game, he was considered a draft-day steal.

Now, Gregg Popovich rarely looks his way. Blair is out of the rotation.

Which means we shouldn’t be shocked he’s on the trade block as the Feb. 21 deadline approaches, something Chris Broussard of ESPN tweeted about.

It sounds like the Spurs are testing the market for Blair. Again.

Blair is a solid backup big around the paint — he can score on the block, is strong and energetic rebounder. Even this year, in a down year for him, he has a PER of 14.7 and most seasons he was above 17. He’s a solid man defender. There is value there.

However he can’t space the floor with any kind of midrange game — so your other big better be able to — and he’s not a great help defender against other bigs because 6’7” they can shoot over him still. Those limitations have him sitting behind guys like Tiago Splitter who can do both for the Spurs.

The Spurs shopped Blair around last summer but were asking a first round pick and nobody would give it up, partially because he is in the last year of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. Not sure the Spurs can get much for him now (he may need to be packaged). We’ll see if he gets moved but it’s a name to watch.

  1. money2long - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    oh man, dejaun blair on the heat would be a perfect fit, even though he isn’t much of a shot blocker, but he clogs up the paint and he is the type of worker who fits in well for that team. he will be a better version of reggie evans for them if they snag him

    • fanofthegame79 - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      I agree, money. But what would Heat have to give up for him? I wouldn’t part with Cole. I might be willing to give up Haslem, but doubt Spurs want him.

  2. borisalessandri - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    If the Spurs can get a late 1st rd, early 2nd rd pick then you can have him. He might be a better fit in the East but not in the West. Us Spurs fans in San Antonio know what he’s capable of but it just doesnt materialize on a consistent basis.

  3. andyhr17 - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Celtics should go for him. They keep losing players to torn ACL’s. The solution? Start loading your roster with guys who have no ACL’s.

    • mazblast - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      That would make some sort of perverted sense if the Celtics needed a big man. the problem is that they need a PG.

      I can see the Spurs making a deal with a team like Detroit or Portland, teams that aren’t likely to hurt them. But why would they make a deal with Miami, knowing that such a deal increases the odds of meeting the Heat in the finals, should the Spurs make it that far?

      • andyhr17 - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:44 PM

        Ummm…they do need a big man….

        Their bigs off the bench are Jason Collins Chris Wilcox, with a dash of Fab Melo.

      • eventhorizon04 - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:31 AM

        Their most pressing need is guard depth, given the season-ending injuries to Barbosa and Rondo, meaning the team has just 3 viable guards right now (Lee, Bradley, and Terry).

        However, they very much could use additional bigs too.

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