DeJuan Blair Likely To Be Dealt

February 19 2013 at 10:26pm CST By Ryan Raroque

The Spurs are reportedly willing to trade DeJuan Blair for the best final offer, says Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. Although they originally sought a first-round pick for the 6'7" power forward, San Antonio has likely lowered their asking price to a second-round pick or an expiring contract at this point. 

According to Wojnarowski, Blair has wanted out of San Antonio since last season, and consequently wouldn't be expected to re-sign with the team this summer when he would become a free agent. If last season gave any indication that he was frustrated (starting in 62 of 64 games and playing 21.3 MPG), his concern about his role could only have worsened this year, having played just 13.8 MPG (marking the lowest average in his four seasons with San Antonio). The former Pittsburgh standout is on the books for $1.05MM this season, so it'd be difficult to imagine the Spurs not being able to move him by Thursday. 

It's puzzling to see how DeJuan's career in San Antonio has transpired, going from what was considered one of the better steals of the 2009 NBA draft and averaging 8.3 PPG and 7.0 RPG in only his second pro season to becoming a fringe rotation player in a matter of two years. Looking at his production on paper, Blair could be of worth to teams looking for frontcourt help, especially if he's given the minutes and opportunity to showcase himself for upcoming free agency. 

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