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DeJuan Blair still trying to find landing spot in free agency

Jul 26, 2013, 10:42 AM EDT

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It appeared as if free agent DeJuan Blair was headed for the Washington Wizards — they liked him, he liked them. Those are good signs.

But so far, no contract.

He wants a multi-year deal (or a sign-and-trade with the Spurs so he can keep his Bird rights, but that’s not a likely outcome because teams aren’t going to give the Spurs a sweetener just to sign Blair). Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld summed up Blair’s situation well.

If the sign-and-trade option falls through, Blair may have to take a one-year deal, play well this season and then try to secure the multi-year deal he desires next summer. The Chicago Bulls have been linked to Blair this offseason and seem like a realistic landing spot for him since they’re a top-tier team that has minutes to offer. The L.A. Clippers have expressed interest in Blair, but only have a minimum deal and limited role to offer the young big man.

The Wizards are still out there.

Blair is one of those guys who is going to sign pretty much at the league minimum, but at that price he provides some value — in 61 appearances last season for the Spurs he shot 52.4 percent and had a PER of 14.6, right at the league average. He fell out of the Spurs rotation because they had better players, but Blair can play.

Somebody should grab him.

  1. modellforprez - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Dejuan is Beloved in Pittsburgh and his old hood the Hill District. Pullin for whatever team is on and when he was at Pitt he was a Beast on them boards and what Pitt fan could forget him Body slam Hasheem Thabeet. yep slammed his big ass you tube it im not Lying

  2. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    I still think its crazy this dude has no ACL on both knees

  3. 00maltliquor - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    This article is bass ackwards. Clips do only have minimum to offer, but the role and minutes available is much larger then anything the Bulls have. Bulls PF depth chart is Boozer and Gibson. Good luck finding minutes there. Clips on have Griffin, with no other PF on the roster. Odom’s a FA and the bigs they signed (Mullens, Hollins) are to back up Jordan.

  4. sportsnut101 - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    But he’s hasn’t been injured in nba it’s just pop didn’t like him

    He can play

  5. dezglobal - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    I wanna know whats going on w T-Mac

  6. abchome - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Get Monta Ellis’s agent, or Timofey Mozgov’s!

  7. jcurran77 - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    I don’t get why he is still available. If given a real opportunity he can ball.

    • wowwowbad - Jul 28, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Because he basically plays no post-defense despite weighted 270lb…what’s worst is that he plays no perimeter defense either.

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