It appears San Antonio Spurs forward DeJuan Blair's time in Russia is up even before he had a chance to find the best borscht restaurant in Samara.
According to an announcement on the team's website (via Google Translate), Krasnye Krylya Samara has decided not to renew Blair's contract, sending the 6-7 forward stateside after just four games.
Basketball Club "Red Wings" and DeJuan Blair decided not to renew the short-term contract, which expired at the end of qualifying rounds of VTB United League and Challenge Cup FIBA Europe. On Thursday, Blair leaves Russia and return to the U.S.
DeJuan helped our team get into the main draw of VTB United League. It was the most important task at the start of the season, and we are grateful for Blair's brilliant play in these matches.
Blair's agent, Happy Walters announced the signing in early September.
Blair struggled in his most recent game with the team, pouring in two points and grabbing four rebounds in 12 minutes.
But Blair isn't leaving the country without a new knowledge of the largest country in the world.
Trip to Russia and the performance of "Red Wings" became for me a great and very interesting and unforgettable experience - says DeJuan Blair. - In Russia, live in different people, and Russian girls are just incredibly beautiful! In Samara, I found not only a strong team, but also friends who are going to visit one day.
He may not have learned the language or got down the currency conversion from the U.S. Dollar to the Ruble, but apparently all was not lost.