According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Washington Wizards are interested in acquiring free-agent DeJuan Blair from the San Antonio Spurs.
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
Since the Wizards have little-to-no cap space, they’d have to acquire Blair through a sign and trade with the Spurs. Unless the Wizards would receive more pieces, the only players the Wizards have to offer are Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton, Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin.
Washington has failed to develop all of their young forwards, and San Antonio is probably the only team that would know how to work out their untapped potential. Wizards head coach Randy Wittman has made it clear that he’d like to add another piece or two prior to the start of the season, but Blair doesn’t exactly fit the bill. Washington has been adamant about adding a stretch 4 to the roster, but like some of the Wizards’ forwards, Blair would serve more as an energy guy than a pick and pop forward.
At one point in time, Blair looked like a legitimate rotation player in San Antonio. With the emergence of Tiago Splitter, Blair hasn’t seen much court time and has fell into obscurity.
Even though Blair is just 6’7 and is considered undersized for his position, he’s still a decent rebounder and would likely fit with what the Wizards are trying to do.
Blair averaged nearly 8 points and 6 rebounds for his career statistically and isn’t attracting much attention in the free-agent market.
Washington is obviously trying to shed some space in their roster. The logjam at the forward spot is evident, but their interest in DeJuan Blair is a bit surprising.