Report: Spurs’ DeJuan Blair on trading block

By Quixem Ramirez

April 9, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) prepares to defend San Antonio Spurs forward DeJuan Blair (45) on an inbounds play during the first quarter at Energy Solutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

San Antonio is actively shopping DeJuan Blair, 23, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Blair, his minutes fell dramatically upon Boris Diaw’s arrival, is open to move as well.

Wojnarowski mentions a couple of international prospects the Spurs could bring over — presumably Erazem Lorbek and Nando De Colo — that require roster spots hence the incentive to trade Blair.

Blair is set to make $1.05 million this season though it’s non-guaranteed (team option). That number is a paltry amount for any team considering Blair can still make an impact through the offensive glass and in the pick-and-roll. Blair’s defensive missteps, more than anything, attributed to this slow descent out of the Spurs’ rotation.

Two years removed from grabbing 16% of San Antonio’s offensive rebounds, that number dipped to 13.2% this season along with his steadily declining defensive rebounding rate. Blair grabbed a defensive rebound at a rate below Stephen Jackson and Kawhi Leonard and only a tick higher than Matt Bonner.

Blair finished as the 20th best roll man in the pick-and-roll, scoring 1.17 points per possession on 62.2% shooting. Regardless of apparent struggles, Blair is still somewhat valuable. Spurs fans shouldn’t expect a first-round pick but a second-rounder or cash considerations is in order. There’s also the possibility of packaging him in another draft day deal.

Stay tuned for more updates as the rumors start swirling.