It’s no secret that Nene, along with some of the other veteran backup big man, have struggled to stay healthy in Washington. Adding a few capable backup big men was certainly on Washington’s check list this offseason, and by adding Humphries, they’ll get another player who’s capable of putting up a double-double. With that said, they still needed more depth.
In case you missed it, there were rumors about the Wizards potentially bolstering their second unit by adding DeJuan Blair via sign-and-trade with the Mavericks, which would likely require them to use one of their smaller trade exceptions.
Well, that’s exactly what they did today.
According to J.Michael of CSN Washington, as well as other reliable reports, the Wizards are in the process of acquire DeJuan Blair from the Dallas Mavericks, which could potentially mark the end of Kevin Seraphin‘s time in the nation’s capital. Seraphin received a qualifying offer from the Wizards, making him a restricted free agent, but the Wizards could still withdraw the offer to make room.
— J. Michael (@JMichaelCSN) July 16, 2014
DeJuan Blair later sort of confirmed the report on his own Twitter account.
— DeJuan Blair (@DeJuan45) July 16, 2014
Like Trevor Booker, DeJuan Blair is a bit undersized for his position, but rebounds the ball well. Blair isn’t the most versatile big man, but he does possess some post and passing skills.
Basically, Blair will help the Wizards out on the boards and he’ll give them some added athleticism off the bench, which is something they certainly didn’t.
Welcome to Washington, DeJuan Blair.