The San Antonio Spurs and head coach Gregg Popovich have a good thing going. They play the guys whom know their roles and fit in well and continue to win no matter what players Popovich puts on the floor.
Back in 2009, the Spurs drafted power forward DeJuan Blair at number 36th overall. Blair was considered a steal by many and early on he received a decent amount of playing time. As his career has progressed, though, Blair has found himself on the bench more frequently.
Popovich seems to understand what many of his critics think in that he is a very limited player. Offensively he doesn’t provide a ton of versatility or scoring. Defensively, he is a true liability and hasn’t been able to buy into the defensive mindset the Spurs play with.
While he is a great rebounder especially for his size, that is really his biggest asset as he is average or below in virtually every other major category.
Blair is rumored to have wanted out of San Antonio and recently there have been a couple of teams who are said to be interested. Both the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards are in the mix for a potential sign-and-trade but at the moment the Spurs don’t appear to want that happening.
Aside from the 76ers and Wizards, there have been as many as 10 other franchises who have been rumored to be interested in Blair’s services. He would like to have a bigger role on a team, and I don’t blame him. If the Spurs were wise, they would let him go and get what they can in return.