NBA Trade Rumors: DeJuan Blair’s last 24 hours as a Spur?

By Joe Buettner

Nov 5, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich gives instruction to forward DeJuan Blair (45) during the first half against the indiana Pacers at the AT

Believe it or not, this is DeJuan Blair’s fourth year in the NBA and with the San Antonio Spurs. By now, Blair probably should have been dealt somewhere. San Antonio does not have much use for the Pittsburgh product, but he still remains on the roster.

Blair was a Draft Night steal by all means. The Spurs picked him up late in the second round, and Blair did not disappoint.

Right out of the gate, Blair was a workhorse crashing the boards and providing some rare youth to San Antonio’s front court. However, with the additions of Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw, Blair’s minutes have dwindled and has developed a non-existent role with the Spurs.

Now the big question for San Antonio is what to do with him. Multiple reports indicate they will see what offer they can get, but it will be difficult to get much value for a guy who’s putting up career-low averages.

San Antonio would have to hope a team would be willing to take Blair based off what he did in the past, because he still is a capable post. He just does not fit in San Antonio’s line-up any longer.

One of the few good problems to have in the NBA is having too much depth. The only bad part about it is, someone who probably deserves NBA minutes gets left out.

That player being DeJuan Blair, the Spurs could try to get a draft pick in exchange for Blair. The front office got lucky getting Blair where they did, and this is a group that naturally finds diamonds in the rough.

However, if the Spurs can not move Blair tomorrow, he will have his shot at free agency this summer.

It is a shame it could not work out better. Blair looked like one of the future pieces of this team, but the Spurs do not have any room in the rotation and it will not be long before we know what San Antonio decides to do with no. 45.