According to KABB Fox San Antonio, Happy Walters, agent of San Antonio Spurs forward DeJuan Blair, has told the station in an exclusive interview that this coming 12-13' season will likely be Blair's last with the Spurs.
"Next year, it's his choice on what he wants to do, and chances are he wouldn't be in San Antonio, obviously", said Happy Walters, DeJuan's LA based agent.
Walters told the station based on the moves the Spurs have made in the offseason, it seems like they won't keep the final year of his contract, which a non-guaranteed year. But if the Spurs do keep Blair, Walters and Blair don't think he'll be able to find a significant role in the rotation.
"Pop (Gregg Popovich) is a good coach and well respected, and he doesn't need to answer to me or Dejuan. But Pop made his decisions for whatever they were, and as far as I know, he hasn't sat down with DeJuan and told him why.
Based on who they've signed, it doesn't seem like they're planning on keeping him, or if they do keep him this year, he's not going to be a big part of it. They are certainly planning on life without Dejuan, with who they've signed."
Those "moves" the Spurs have made are mainly the decision to give Boris Diaw a new two-year 9.2 million dollar contract. When Diaw was signed in late March, he was the one who made such a significant impact that he took over Blair's starting job, and Blair found himself last on the bench in terms of the frontcourt rotation.
Walters told Fox that Blair is in the best shape of his life training in Las Vegas, and according to the report, General Manager R.C. Buford said Blair or his agent have yet to ask for Blair to be traded.
On Wednesday, I wrote a column discussing the possible options the Spurs could look into doing regarding Blair's future.
An undersized, overweight center with no ACLs and ZERO SHOOTING ABILITY has been bitching all summer as though he is Dwight Howard, or some franchise big man. If no other team is dumb enough to take him, I hope that Pop puts his fatass at the end of the bench and he is forced to watch all year.
@dannyholloway lol..but how do you REALLY feel Danny?
@Spursfan66 Lol. I know. I went off there. But it just bothers me how, aside from Tony's eye issue (which is actually news) and the 3 signings that went down, we haven't really heard about ANY of the Spurs this off season. Except DeJuan. The guy just thinks way to much of himself.
It's incredibly frustrating to hear that he is "in the best shape of his life" now that he has realised that he is not part of the Spur's rotation plans. Simply, when he was in the starting lineup his conditioning didn't bother him and now that Boris has taken his position he has decided to get "in the best shape of his life"!!!!!!!!! Pretty funny what I just wrote there, an overweight center being ousted by another overweight center.
@ljharris I wrote the same thing on SN..Couldnt agree more..I cant STAND "players" that choose to pick contract years to give 100% effort..This is very telling of a guy's character (or lack thereof) Just seems to be more interested in those 1000's of moronic tweets than actually improving his game..Such a shame
@TeflonWoods Who the hell wants to give up pieces to sign a 6'4'' center with no ACLs? That's why.
@TeflonWoods I'm tired of his crying too. If you want to be apart if a team you have to stop being selfish about who starts and who is riding the bench. To win you need to put the BS aside. I love Blair's play but the dude is not big enough or strong enough or tall enough to play against the real BIGs in the NBA