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DeJuan Blair officially signs deal with the Mavericks

Aug 7, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

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DeJuan Blair finished his fourth season with the Spurs as a restricted free agent, but after falling out of the rotation in San Antonio and with the Spurs not looking to match any offers he may have received, Blair might has well have been unrestricted this summer.

The offers weren’t exactly pouring in, despite Blair’s respectable level of offensive production.

He did eventually find a home though, signing with the Mavericks on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum salary of $884,293 on Wednesday.

Blair will have his opportunities to show what he can do in Dallas in order to try to earn himself a longer-term deal for next season and beyond. He’s proven to be a good rebounder but has historically been a liability on the defensive end, and playing the power forward or even the center position as part of a smaller lineup, that’s not something most teams can afford to deal with for more than a few minutes at a time.

Blair averaged 5.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14 minutes per game for the Spurs last season. With his signing complete, the Mavericks roster now stands at the league maximum of 15 players.

  1. knicksmets - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    That’s a good signing for them, they have added a lot of good players so far( Harris, Ellis, Calderon, ) they have a chance of making the playoffs

    • dls612 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      Yeah! It’s a good signing if you need to fill the final roster spot! It’s a better signing if it’s with a contender

      • knicksmets - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        But with a contender he would not play as much, he played with the spurs last year and didn’t play much, its a good place for him to go and he’ll have a new opportunity to make a name for himself, the mavs could of signed a much worse player

    • dls612 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      Make a name for himself? What ,he’s going to make the all star team or win mvp this season?

      • bendover09 - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:49 AM

        The dude is only 23 . No one expects him to be MVP caliber. They just want him to do his job in which he has for the Spurs. I believe he shot 54% on shooting as well.

      • knicksmets - Aug 8, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        To Play well enough to get a multiyear deal for more money next year

  2. senorpapino - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Solid big who should give 15-20 minutes off the bench each night.

  3. adamsjohn714 - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    The spurs continue to make smart decisions. They’re trimming the fat on an already great team. Dumping Gary Neal and Blair will mitigate the decline in Duncan and Ginobli’s play.

  4. azarkhan - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    I love DeJuan Blair, but at 6’7″, 270 lbs, he’s too short to play center and too slow to play forward.

  5. allinskins - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Wish the Wizards would have not only signed this dude but drafted him when he was available in the 2nd round. Solid glue guy that can give you 15-20 hard minutes of production. In Ernie We Trust…. NOT

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