There may be a taker after all for the San Antonio Spurs' power forward DeJuan Blair, who's seen most of this year at the end of the bench for the team.
After the acquisition of Boris Diaw last season, Blair has been at the end of the bench with the Spurs' depth in the frontcourt and an arriving Aron Baynes did not help Blair's cause either.
It's been heavily rumored that the Spurs have been wanting to move Blair for a while and this year they may find a taker for him. The Golden State Warriors are welcoming Andrew Bogut back to the lineup after an injury, but they still want frontcourt help, and may be targeting Blair according to MercuryNews.com.
The Warriors would love to get their hands on Denver's Timofey Mosgov, or even San Antonio's DeJuan Blair. But acquiring worthy help would require the Warriors to part with someone they like.
While the report is interesting, the latter part may not be true.
The Spurs have a ridiculous amount of depth in just about every spot, which includes players being versatile enough to play multiple positions on the court. San Antonio may not be asking much in return for Blair, maybe some cash or a second round pick because his low salary wouldn't bring much back anyway unless the Spurs were doing a package with Blair.
One of the problems in trading Blair is that the Spurs don't want to let him go as a free agent for nothing but also don't want to help another contender along the way. Contenders will have low picks unless they were aquired from another team and bad teams will have good picks but no need for Blair's low expiring deal.
The Warriors may be the exception for the Spurs though. Golden State is looking to contend for a title right now and they're playing at a high level, but they don't seem to have the size for the playoffs against an Oklahoma City Thunder team or San Antonio Spurs team. Blair wouldn't help fill in any of the holes they have but he would surely contribute in how Golden State tends to want to play in a fast paced game. Although it's just a report, don't be surprised if the Spurs part with Blair if the Warriors are really interested.
San Antonio may get a pick to stash away overseas which has been successful for them and getting something for Blair in return while not putting a contender over the top or making them better than them in the process.
What happen to the Donte Greene workout?? I always liked donte 's game big enough inside but had a bit of Lamar odom pre Khloe game!!
Has anyone considered that DJB and Matt were being held out of game last night because of a possible trade in the works?
@Spursfan66 lets hope so, even though i love both players it is time to move them both and get some pieces for us us that can be used
@Emicris ya but it seemed strange that they both supposedly had water on the knee. I dont recall either sitting for that before. Granted its a stretch, but definitely odd
I know since our team has been so good we are not even talking about trades anymore. "we need a big man", "we need a backup PG", none of these really applies to our situation anymore which is great! I still think we should just keep Blair for the rest of the season, you never know if he might come in handy. I have been the biggest Blair critique because he is horrible pick and roll defender on top of his lack of size, but i like him as the 5th big man off the bench, not as a starter. There may come a time that he could come in and provide energy/rebounding for us in a playoff series, so we might as well hold on to him for that day.
@Spursforever69 And if you keep him and he leaves in summer, Spurs have nothing for him. DJB isnt winning Spurs any series in playoffs, better to get what you can now.
I feel bad for Blair who has really worked on his game and conditioning, but languishes at the end of the bench. If we could get something for him before he bails in free agency that would be advantageous.
@nikd but what do you want to get in return for him?