Is PF DeJuan Blair’s Time With the San Antonio Spurs Up?
It appears DeJuan Blair’s time with the San Antonio Spurs might come to an end. Especially if one were to consider the fact that Blair was not a major part of the Spurs’ playoff rotation last year. Blair has one year remaining on his rookie deal and will then be a free-agent. So with that in mind, what should the Spurs do with Blair?
Regarding a trade, Spurs have two options.
The first option is to trade Blair for another PF. They could other pieces to have a relatively attractive package.
The second option is to sign a PF and then trade Blair for pick(s). He won’t fetch a first round pick but getting a solid second round pick would be a nice return.
Here is one trade scenario that makes the most sense for both sides.
Spurs Trade: DeJuan Blair and Gary Neal
Rockets Trade Patrick Patterson
Why the Rockets would do it: The Rockets have plenty of options at power forward right now. And Blair is a player that plays the way that Rockets’ head coach Kevin McHale loves which is tough, physical and with confidence. Both Neal and Blair’s contracts are non-guaranteed so there might be some incentive for Houston to save some money.
Why the Spurs would do it: The Spurs were supposedly high on Patterson before he was drafted by the Rockets. The big-man isn’t much of a shot-blocker but he adds an element of physicality that appears to be missing in the Spurs’ front-court rotation. Blair has been great for the Spurs during his time here, but at this point is obvious that his skill-set no longer fits with the team.