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Wizards to acquire DeJuan Blair in sign-and-trade from Dallas

Jul 16, 2014, 2:28 PM EST

DeJuan Blair AP

The Wizards continue to have a very nice off-season. They lost Trevor Ariza but brought in more versatile scoring with Paul Pierce, they retained Marcin Gortat, they got some quality depth up front with Kris Humphries, Otto Porter has looked much better at Summer League, not to mention Bradley Beal and John Wall are still developing.

Now you can add DeJuan Blair to that list.

The Wizards are going to add a nice bench big to their list with a little help from Dallas. Blair himself confirmed it on twitter:

Marc Stein at ESPN  broke the story and J. Michael at CSNWashington.com confirmed it.

With Dallas bringing in Tyson Chandler and Greg Smith to the front line, there wouldn’t be minutes for Blair. It is likely a second round pick headed back to Dallas in the deal.

For Washington, they pick up a big man who played 15 minutes of solid ball for the Mavericks each game last year, scoring 6.4 points a game with a good .557 true shooting percentage and grabbing 17.5 percent of the available rebounds when on the court. He is a great role player off the bench.

Washington might be the third best team in the East on paper heading into the season, and one with a year of playoff experience under its belt (plus it added Pierce, who has a ring).

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Was wondering what happened to Blair. I remember this dude blowing up a few seasons back.

    Wizards and Dallas look like the winners of the offseason so far. (outside of Ohio of course)

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      A little hard to believe Grunfeld is still the GM there with all these solid moves they’ve made.

  2. fanofthegame79 - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    I’ve been saying since the Gortat re-signing, the Wizards will be a top-3 team in the East next year. They’ve made some outstanding moves, coupled that with some great experience last season and they’re trending upwards!!

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      Last night I would take some action on the Wizards making the ECF. This just helps. Wizards went from stupid to smart real fast.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        Agreed, this Wizards team will be solid next year. Not to mention fun to watch!

  3. unxpexted1 - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Wiz being real smart for once this offseason. I like the pierce signing to a degree, still think their is a lack of perimeter defense, not sure if pierce can pick up that slack left by Ariza being gone. Otto Porter has improved it seems in summer league, just unsure how good of a defender he is. Solid moves overall by this team.

  4. 2016olympics - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    DeJuan is Spanish for “Of John”

  5. lazegowizfan95 - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Starting 5
    John Wall
    Bradley Beal
    Paul Pierce
    Nene
    Marcin Gortat
    Bench
    Andre Miller
    Glen Rice
    Otto Porter
    Dejuan Blair
    Kris Humphries
    Not bad my Wizards not bad Glen Rice and Otto Porter been lighting it up in the summer league too

    • andreboy1 - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      That’s a shockingly good roster considering the terrible teams they’ve had. I literally shook my head when I read that list.

      • lazegowizfan95 - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        Yeah were on the rise just like a lot of the teams in the East it’s going to be really fun to watch the playoffs next year might be better than last year well see

  6. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Hard to believe Grunfeld is still the GM, with all these good moves.
    Beware the Wiz!

  7. voorheesma - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Don’t forget Money Martel Webster… Dude is a great instant offense off the bench w the 3 ball

  8. watermelon1 - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    This is actually the first move I kind of question from the wizards.

    Not very mobile, hardly any vertical game. Hopefully he’s not getting enough minutes to notice, but I would have preferred someone a little more athletic.

    • spursareold - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      He got worse every year he was in SA. I think his knee issues are starting to manifest. With no ACLs, there is little stability in either knee, and eventually, he’s going to grind away all of his meniscus.

      • muhangis - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        What are you talking about? Ppl like you keep talking about his knees year after year, yet Dejuan still keeps playing great and putting up great production while he’s on the court. His per 36 is amazing in the playoffs. Sick of you blind naysayers!

    • tibbs7 - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      I watched him in Dallas last year and he had quick feet and hands that allowed him to get steals. Also was a heady player who liked to bang with anyone. He can surprise with offense. Yeah, he can’t jump.

  9. boutdatcomment - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Are the teams( Redskins, Wizards, Nationals) in DC finally removing themselves from a curse? great move from the Wizards with This pickup…

  10. goodtogo28 - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    DAGGER!

  11. campcouch - Jul 17, 2014 at 4:03 AM

    I like that Washington stayed patient and let Wall develop, stuck with him through injury and still declared him the face of the franchise. So many fans want instant gratification, they forget that these kids now are only in college for 1-2 years and still need time to grow. The Wiz stayed the course and now things a blooming for them…they just need to go back to being the Bullets to finish this story off. C’mon who didn’t like the double L’s shooting a basket?

  12. obmig - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Going the depth route. I like it.

    • muhangis - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      This guy is good enough to start! I never understood why doesn’t get the minutes. Strong two-way player.

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