According to Adam Zagoria of SportsNet New York, San Antonio Spurs free-agent DeJuan Blair, is interested in signing with the Washington Wizards.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) July 19, 2013
Washington had previously expressed interested in signing DeJuan Blair through a possible sign-and-trade with the San Antonio Spurs. The Wizards want to add depth to their front-court of Nene and Emeka Okafor, who have been dealing with injuries throughout this past season.
If a deal occurs, Washington would likely ship either Trevor Booker or Chris Singleton to San Antonio. Despite Washington’s pursuit of a stretch 4, it seems as if they’re interested in adding depth more than filling a possible need. The Wizards don’t have any cap room to add more pieces this off-season, leaving them with sign-and-trade as their only option.
Concerns surrounding Blair’s knees may be a reason he has received minimal interest this off-season. With that said, the Wizards would likely sign him to a one or two year deal, which lowers the risk of the possible acquisition failing.
Washington is trying to create space in the log-jam of forwards they have on their bench. Jan Vesely has played extremely well in the summer league and trading Singleton or Booker for Blair could probably give him a greater opportunity next season. Although Blair won’t be a gamechanger, it’s nice to see a free-agent actually interested in playing for the Wizards.
We’ll keep you updated.