It seems like the San Antonio Spurs are being a little active in the trade front. Here’s Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports with the report:
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.
The Spurs, who are as crafty as they come when it comes to making moves, wanted a first-round pick initially. But now they don’t mind getting either a second-round pick or maybe a player with an expiring deal, according to Wojnarowski.
Blair is in his fourth season in the league and has spent his entire career thus far with the Spurs. He was drafted in the second round by the Spurs (37th overall) and was projected to be a higher pick, but his knees scared every other team (he has no ACLs, which had been mentioned several times over the past few years).
He’s a very good rebounder although he is not as tall as most centers at 6’7″ (he’s pretty beefy at 270 pounds). This year, he’s playing career-low in minutes at under 14 per game. He’s also averaging a career-low 5.4 points this season after averaging a career-high 9.5 points per game. Over his career, he’s averaged 8.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
He could provide a team with some inside presence. Blair may never be a 35-minute-per-game player due to the risk on his knees but as a back-up power forward or a center, he’d be tremendous for any squad. Blair’s minutes were reduced severely with the emergence of Tiago Splitter. The Spurs even signed Aussie big man Aron Baynes so that also threatens to cut into his playing time.
If Blair stays, then the Spurs will continue to have that depth in the power forward and center spots. However, Blair wants to play more and he’s not getting that opportunity as much these days with San Antonio.