Dallas Mavericks’ fans jumped for joy and screamed to the havens – probably – today after former San Antonio Spurs backup center gave the impression via Twitter that he would be making the 275 mile trip north to join the team.
Dallas!!!!! Now lets have some fun!!!!— DeJuan Blair (@DeJuan45) July 30, 2013
That “excitement” lasted only for approximately five hours when Blair went back to twitter to say he was, “still up in the air.”
Up in the air!— DeJuan Blair (@DeJuan45) July 30, 2013
Blairs agent, Happy Walters confirmed to Fox 29’s Maximum Sports that, “contrary to one report of a ‘Dejuan to Dallas’ story being a done deal, the New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards are still in hunt to land his services.”
One has to wonder if the Pelicans or the Wizards are offering Blair much more than the Mavs. If true, then obviously he will pick the bigger offer. There were also reports that the Spurs had been nixing deals involving Blair since they would like something in return.
Nevertheless, Blair will not be wearing black and silver next season. The question remains as to which other team uniform will he be wearing next season.
Blair has officially signed with the Mavs.
DALLAS ITS OFFICIAL!!!! http://t.co/hwvFbNeOLw— DeJuan Blair (@DeJuan45) August 1, 2013
"Up in the air!" most likely means he was on a flight to Dallas .. not that the decision was "up in the air."
@russman38 Then why no announcement?
I would rather see a sign and trade deal for Blair. Take anything the Spurs can get in return and see if whoever we get can make the roster in training camp, put another player in Austin for later, or take the rights to another Euro stash for later. Don't know if there is anything like these choices available or not!
Would hate to see another asset go without getting anything back in return. Blair has value to a number of clubs, and wants to retain his bird rights via a sign and trade. Surely something can be worked out that leaves us better off than just having him walk? And either way, Dallas? Come on.
@Rambler like another garbage man, or maybe a late 2nd rounder? heck i heard the spurs needed another washing machine.
bottom line, blair has ZERO value, so nobody wants to give up anything we could use for him.
let him walk, lets stop talking about him, UNLESS its to make fun of his weight some more.
Fair enough. Maybe I'm in the minority but I think Blair can play. What he can't do is space the floor or defend at the level of TD or Splitter so he couldnt get on the court this year. This just wasn't the right situation for him. I think he can make a contribution elsewhere though.
As for late second rounders - I seem to remember we got some Argentinian fella with one of those picks who turned out to be okay.
@chrismelendez42 LMAO " so john abney suck it" CLASSIC!
blair is not even a top 50 best 2nd rounders. he didnt do SHIT. his style is pure pick up game, fast pace, little to no defense, trying to make flashy shots.......... he would be better suited on the courts at ruckers then on the nba floor.
its all good, you can love on him all you want, i think its cute.
@JohnAbney @Rambler I really disagree with you on a lot of this stuff... the reason why I 250 lb person throws up a floater is because he's only 6'6'' and heading into the land of 7 footers where the ideal shot for him would be to throw up a floater instead of getting blocked trying to dunk it!! He doesn't play a "pick up game" style?? He finds little baskets here and there that helped the spurs play well and get through some games especially when key guys sat out. Manu is an exception but for a late 2nd rounder for the number of guys that never last in the league deuan blair did pretty damn well. so john abney suck it
@JohnAbneyI know we are moving away from your point a bit here, but it is worth noting that since Ginobili, the list of guys we have picked in the second round include; Luis Scola (56), Goran Dragic (45) and Nando de Colo (53). All have been contributors to one degree or another. I'm also reasonably high on our latest pick Deshaun Thomas (58) although time will tell on that one. Our success rate of identifying and developing NBA level talent with second round picks is not too bad.
All of which I guess is just my way of saying - if we can get an asset back in return for Blair then we should. Even if it is just a late second rounder. Leave nothing on the table. That's my policy.
@Rambler there is a real problem when a 250lb player would rather toss up a floater in the lane then go to the basket strong.
his game is more "pick up game" style. maybe he would be a better fit for a mike dantoni style offense, or george karl.
yeah we got a decent pick there with manu, but for every manu picked in the late 2nd round, there are literally dozens if not more then 100 guys who never cut it in the league.
@Rambler Dallas was one of the teams Blair always played well against. (OKC was the other one.) Makes sense Dallas would be impressed by him.