For a while now it has seemed like the clock was running out on DeJuan Blair’s time with the San Antonio Spurs. The fourth year big man has seen his minutes reduced this season, only seeing the floor in blowouts and when the starters need some extra rest.
Blair isn’t bringing much to the table. It’s not his fault. The Spurs are just so deep that they don’t really need him.
Blair could play some quality minutes on any number of different teams in the NBA, and it’s looking like he might get that chance.
“The San Antonio Spurs will likely move forward DeJuan Blair close to the deadline, ultimately accepting the best final offer for him, sources said. Blair has wanted a trade for more than a year, and clearly will not re-sign with the Spurs as a free agent this summer.”
That report that Blair has wanted out of San Antonio for a year is news to me. I certainly believe he’s not really happy here, but he manages to put on a pretty positive face most of the time.
Apparently the Spurs were looking to get a first-round pick for Blair, but no one was biting. They may have to settle for a second-rounder or just a player with an expiring contract. The options are limited when trying to get rid of a player who only averages around 13 minutes a game.
At this point, what the Spurs get for Blair doesn’t really matter. I’d like to see them get a draft pick for him, because with the team’s track history, even a late second-rounder could turn into something special.
It’s unfortunate for Blair, who came out of college with a lot of promise. He may get his chance somewhere else, but he just didn’t fit in with the Spurs.
I don't see the reason to trade him for a draft pick. He's a free agent after the season. He already knows the system, and he's very capable of helping this team win games. Aron Baynes looks like he still needs time to adjust and learn things. Why trade him for a draft pick knowing our current roster situation? That doesn't make sense to me.
@DifferentVSTheSame you just said the reason why: he's a free agent. Blair will more than likely leave as a free agent, so it's better to get something for him (whether it's a draft pick or a player) rather than letting him walk in the off-season and get nothing in return.
@RG8907 How is that going to help us in the playoffs this year? Spurs struggle with rebounding. Getting rid of Blair for a draft pick won't help us this year. Our bench would then be Diaw, Bonner and Baynes. Mind you Baynes struggles with fouling just like Blair. If you can't get a player for Blair it doesn't make sense to trade him. Keep him because he's another big body you can use on the court. One thing Blair does pretty well is rebound. We will need rebounding in the playoffs. Last year that's what hurt us.
Blair's height is not the reason he should be blamed. Malik Rose stands the same height as him but Malik was hard-working, very active on both ends, played tough D. Blair's weight issue make him a loser, not his height.
@WOWWOWBADWeight is not his problem, it's fouling. Blair has a tough time guarding taller players, and because of that he get's into foul trouble. He lost a chunk of weight during the off-season and is in much better shape, so that's really not an issue anymore. Malik Rose played what position? Forward. Blair should not be playing at Center, he should be playing at the Forward position. He's undersized at the position he's playing at. If the Spurs were to play him at Forward like they did Rose I believe we would see him do better than he currently is. Blair may not be tough to you, but unlike some he has heart.
@DifferentVSTheSame his weight is directly linked to his laziness, not a problem? The Spurs wanted to trade Blair, but they don't understand he's not even valued more than a 2nd round pick, that's why they failed and failed to trade him.
@WOWWOWBAD I hope you watched tonight's game. With 3 minutes played, Blair grabbed 5 rebounds. With almost 26 minutes played, Splitter grabbed 5 rebounds, and you say Blair is lazy because of his weight.
@WOWWOWBAD Laziness? For the most part I see the guy grabbing more rebounds than Splitter, and he doesn't even play starting minutes. You say he's lazy because of his weight, but what about the in shape Splitter? 6'10" averaging 5.8 rebounds in almost 24 minutes. I'm glad no trade was done for Blair, I didn't see the point in trading him for a draft pick knowing what we have as big's on our roster. A draft pick would not have helped us this year in the playoffs. Spurs fans keep complaining about a pick, when the spurs keep drafting players that want to stay overseas. We can't use what we don't have, just saying.
the latest rumor i've been hearing is the Spurs interested in Casspi: http://www.hoopsworld.com/is-there-a-market-for-omri-casspi/
@RG8907 Saw that. But did you read the Speights throw-in the Cavs wanted to do? Who else would we have to trade to get those salaries matched up? I don't see us pulling the trigger unless it's a Blair for Casspi straight up deal.
@CraigThomas yea i did read that. they might get a deal for a package like that (not saying it would be with the Spurs). in the case of the Spurs, since a Casspi/Speights is a combined $6.47 million, it would have to take at least a player with a $3 million contract (like Bonner or Green, for example), plus one or two other players with similar or smaller contracts.
now as for a Blair-for-Casspi straight up, that can't happen as Casspi's contract is about $2.3 million compared to Blair's $1.054 million. another cheap contract (like Neal, De Colo, or Mills, again, for example) would have to be added. of course, that's assuming the Cavs can't package Casspi and Speights in a deal.
If you want another foreigner because Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic). I think we can change by Blair. And it would be a great help.