According to Yahoo! Sports, the Washington Wizards are interested in acquiring DeJuan Blair through a sign-and-trade with the San Antonio Spurs.
Washington has interest in free agent DeJuan Blair, sources tell Y! Sign-and-trade a consideration, but Spurs may be unmoved by choices.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 13, 2013
Blair has been on the trading block for the past few seasons, but San Antonio has been unable to find the right deal. Now that DeJuan is a free agent, he more than likely will be playing elsewhere next season.
If the Spurs can get a player rather than be left empty-handed, that would be great but as the report stated, the Spurs are not thrilled with the players on the Wizards' roster.
Taking a look at the Washington roster, there could be players who can can be useful pieces for San Antonio. Trevor Ariza would be a nice addition to the bench and could be an adequate backup for Kawhi Leonard. Not to mention he does have an expiring contract which could be used as a bargaining chip down the road.
There's also Kevin Serephin (another French player), Chris Singleton and Trevor Booker who could work in a deal but the most attractive choice would be Ariza for his abilities on both ends of the court.
What do you think Spurs fans about this latest news on Blair?
I like Jan Vesely. I don't like Vesely's contract. However, both Chad and Chip would need to be on board, and RC would need to work some magic for this to stay under the salary cap. No, it might be better to wait until Washington either buys out Vesely, or is ready to dump him and is willing to give us a draft pick to take him off of their hands.
The Wiz won't let Serephin and Singleton go. There's big possibility that the player they want to unload is Ariza. While he has some athleticism and some defensive tactics, his jump shots are at best questionable, if inconsistent is not the word. The Spurs like players who can shoot. Besides, Ariza's contract is too big for just a back up.
I think it's safe to say that Ariza wasn't one of the players offered by the Wizards. Otherwise Pop and R.C. WOULD have been thrilled.
There are several players that should pique Spurs interest. As already noted, Ariza, Seraphin, Singleton or Vesely could be shipped our way. Ariza performed better in the Lakers' triangle offense. I think we could help him. Seraphin and Singleton have had good moments even a bad team. I also agrdee that Vesely could possibly improve. Bad coaching and inconsistent FO results in young players not being developed. I don't even think that the Wizards have developed John Wall into the player that he could be.
Some intriguing options. I would be interested in Ariza, although I'm not clear how that S&T would work. Seraphin has looked great at times, and would be an interesting get too. Love Singleton's defence. Draft picks are always good. One more to consider maybe (although, I appreciate it won't be popular) I think Jan Vesely might be worth a one year look. He has been criminally developed in Washington, but I get the feeling put in our organisation, wih it's more multicultural flavour (and better coaching) he may yet remind everyone why he was picked #6. Maybe. Either way, it's a low risk - high reward move. If it doesn't we can move on easily enough.
Singleton. He can defend wings and bigs. It's nice to have that kind of flexibility defensively. And offensively as Jalen Rose has said '' Any wing can have success in the Spurs system.'' He would be a great fit defensively and adequate offensively.
Not sure I believe Woj assessment that Spurs not moved by choices. The Wiz do own a high draft pick every yr and have no shot of ending that streak. With the draft loaded next yr would love to see a deal involving spurs getting a Wiz draft pick(s) and maybe move De Colo to make room for Deshaun Thomas.
Ariza's contract is approx. $7.7 million so there's no way we can sign-and-trade Blair for him because 1. Blair is definitely not worth that much and 2. the Spurs don't have the cap space.
Can you even add players to a sign-and-trade? I thought you can only trade the player that you're signing, hence the name "sign-and-trade". Somebody please explain how that works
or how about nando, bonner and blair for trevor ariza? ariza is a tremendous defender that is still young and he has championship experience.
@JeffProjectSpursI think with them bring in Jim Boylen their goal is to develop the bigs we have on the roster, i think his claim to fame was the work he did with Olajuwon and Ming. He also turned Hibert and West around, lets hope he gets Splitter to learn how to score outside of the pick n roll and Baynes to adjust to the NBA level..That post post you put up of Baynes showing off some of his athleticism there might be something their!
Plus if he is the big man guru maybe he sees something in Pendergraph during practice that can add value to the spurs, people don't know who is really is just from the fact he is behind two great bigs on that roster.
If the Wiz does have somebody we like and DB isn't enough, throw in a point guard or a Bonner to make up the difference...
Getting Ariza back would be a nice acquisition, I mean he is no Ryan Richards but he would be a great addition to the roster.
@ChrisCano lmao, RYAN RICHARDS? Ryan straight sucks.