Yahoo Sports’ NBA guru Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Washington Wizards are showing interest in unrestricted free-agent DeJuan Blair, and are considering a sign-and-trade with the San Antonio Spurs to get him.
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 in rumors pretty regularly for the past few NBA seasons. He has fallen out of the Spurs regular rotation during this time, but it has been clear from the start that he can produce at the NBA level. He averaged 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 21 minutes per game during the 2011-2012 season, for example. He is a tremendous rebounder, and has a nice touch around the rim. His major limitations are due to his size: at 6-foot-7, he cannot effectively defend many NBA bigs. It is unfortunate because Blair would be a tremendous player if he was four or five inches taller. Put in the right situation with ample playing time, Blair will produce.
It’s been pretty clear for a while now that Blair is not returning to San Antonio, so the Spurs would be quite willing to help facilitate any sign-and-trade offers they are proposed for Blair. Reports are that none of the Wizards available players really interest San Antonio, as they don’t have many tradable assets, but there might be a few players who could make this deal work. Trevor Ariza, the veteran wing, could potentially interest San Antonio, but it would be difficult to get the salaries to work. Forward Kevin Serephin or former lottery-pick Jan Vesely might also be options. Neither has experienced much success on the NBA level, particularly Vesley, but given the Spurs track record in developing talent, either player could become a valuable role player if traded to the Spurs. We will have to see how the situation progresses. Keep an eye on it.