The Washington Wizards will undoubtedly look to bolster their front court this offseason, especially since Trevor Booker has become an unrestricted free agent.
The team was supposedly interested in acquiring DeJuan Blair via free agency last season but only had the veterans minimum to offer, so although their was mutual interest, Blair opted to sign with the Dallas Mavericks.
Although DeJuan Blair is currently a free agent, the Wizards could potentially add him to the team via sign-and-trade. Washington has multiple trade exceptions available and if they could acquire Blair, it would likely be for a TPE.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks are working on a deal that would send DeJuan Blair to the nation’s capital.
Washington and Dallas are in advanced discussions on a potential sign-and-trade deal that would land DeJuan Blair with Wizards
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 14, 2014
Like Trevor Booker, DeJuan Blair is undersized, but makes up for it with a high motor and an ability to rebound the ball. The Wizards must find a way to get more athletic, and DeJuan Blair would give them some energy off the bench.
I’m not sure if DeJuan Blair would be my first option, but he’d certainly fill a need for Washington. Nene has dealt with injuries and if that inevitably happens next season, DeJuan Blair is capable of stepping in. Blair isn’t the most offensively skilled player, but he’s an OK passing big and could fit in Washington’s system. Kevin Seraphin has been underwhelming in terms of rebounding, and DeJuan Blair could help in that regard.
So, although nothing is official, DeJuan Blair could land with the Washington Wizards.