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DeJuan Blair
DeJuan Blair
Position: F
Born: 04/22/89
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Salary: $2,000,000
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To stay in shape, he has added individual workouts to his regimen. The Wizards are winning and he has kept a positive attitude, but he admits the situation has been “difficult.” “He just needs to keep doing what he’s doing,” Wittman said. “He’s doing a good job. Stays ready. Practices hard. Understands, I think, the situation. That’s what you have to do. That’s what any player that doesn’t play — the opportunity’s going to come. It’s going to happen. We all know that. We’ve seen it throughout and when that opportunity comes be ready.”
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Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has acquired center DeJuan Blair from Dallas. Washington will send Dallas the rights to Emir Preldzic, a 2009 second round draft pick, who was acquired in the three-team Antawn Jamison trade in February of 2010. “DeJuan gives us a tough inside presence who can score and rebound at both frontcourt positions,” said Grunfeld. “His addition makes our bench even depper and will allow us to be flexible with our lineups.”
One source expressed confidence Sunday night that “things could move fast” on a deal that calls for Dallas to sign-and-trade Blair to Washington this week as opposed to just renouncing him. Working on a one-year minimum deal last season, Blair played with an intensity and tenacity that the Mavs sorely needed in their frontcourt. Due to Samuel Dalembert’s inconsistencies and Brandan Wright’s matchup-based play, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle often went to Blair, 25, as the primary center off the bench.
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The Washington Wizards are in talks with the Dallas Mavericks about a potential sign-and-trade deal that would land veteran forward/center DeJuan Blair with the Wizards, according to sources close to the process. Sources told ESPN.com that the Wizards have expressed strong interest in the free agent and are trying to come to terms with Blair on a new contract before the Mavericks have to renounce their rights to Blair to make salary-cap space for the new players they’re signing.
Blair, who signed a one-year deal with the Mavericks, hopes he doesn’t have to go anywhere else next year. He believes he proved himself worthy of a multi-year contract extension in Dallas. He averaged 6.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in the series but most importantly gave the Mavericks much needed toughness and intensity. “I think I did a good job doing that this season and this series,” Blair said. “I just worked hard and played like I know how. Hopefully I can come back to Dallas and we can get another shot at it.” Read more here: http://sportsblogs.star-telegram.com/mavs/2014/05/dejuan-blair-earned-hug-from-popovich-spurs-respect-hopes-to-come-back-to-dallas-next-year-.html#storylink=cpy
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Blair, who signed a one-year deal with the Mavericks, hopes he doesn’t have to go anywhere else next year. He believes he proved himself worthy of a multi-year contract extension in Dallas. He averaged 6.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in the series but most importantly gave the Mavericks much needed toughness and intensity. “I think I did a good job doing that this season and this series,” Blair said. “I just worked hard and played like I know how. Hopefully I can come back to Dallas and we can get another shot at it.”
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But given that Blair was coming off a 12-point, 11-rebound effort in Game 4 _ and that Dallas got dominated inside by Splitter and Tim Duncan (combined 33 points, 24 rebounds) _ it seemed that the Mavericks missed him. “He’s a big body,” Dirk Nowitzki said. “He definitely could have battled there with Duncan and Splitter. He had a fantastic last game. “We’re going to need that energy out of him again, especially since he missed tonight, I think he’s going to be fired up for Friday. And we’re going to need him to play big again. We’re going to need him to be big on the glass. We need every offensive rebound we can get.”
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But with 3:08 remaining, Blair let his emotions get the best of him. The 6-7, 270-pound power forward collided with Spurs center Tiago Splitter, was called for a foul and reacted by kicking Splitter in the head. Blair was ejected and forced to watch the rest of the game with a few other staff members in the Mavs locker room. “It was just an accident,” Blair said. “I reacted to the call and his face happened to be down there. It was nothing intentional, especially the way I had been playing. “I’m not that dumb to do something like that in the heat of the game when I know I changed it. It was totally an accident.”
Blair responded with eight points, a game-high-tying seven rebounds and a game-high four steals to help the Mavericks beat the Spurs 113-92. For Blair, who spent his first four seasons with the Spurs, it was sweet revenge. “This is something that’s a dream, to always go against somebody who knows you well, just like you know them,” Blair said after Friday’s practice. “I’m just excited like everybody else.”
Blair played only 14 minutes on Wednesday. But the 6-7, 265-pound forward made the absolute most of his limited court time, amassing eight points, seven rebounds, four steals and, every bit as important, three fouls. “That’s my whole plan,” said Blair, who went scoreless in five minutes in Dallas’ 90-85 loss in Game 1. “We don’t have nobody on this team that can do that, and I know that if I play, I can come in and bring that physicality and just do what I do, play my game.” In doing so, Blair appeared to get under the Spurs’ skin. Tony Parker stared Blair down after he wrapped his ex-teammate up on a layup attempt. (Blair promptly fouled him again on the next possession.) Blair even got Tim Duncan to engage in what appeared to be — gasp! — a brief bout of trash talk, an accomplishment in and of itself. “Timmy’s a good friend of mine,” Blair said, “so it’s cool.”
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The only thing missing from the scene was the Rocky theme song, which would have been the ideal soundtrack as Blair’s former club was unable to match his energy in a 113-92 Mavericks victory that evened the best-of-seven series at 1-1. “He had a physical impact,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “He gave us a huge lift. He was on the boards, he got deflections. The only way we win a series against a team like this is to have guys play at full capacity, and he did that.”
Blair, who was upset for not playing in 10 of San Antonio’s final 17 playoff games last season because of a coach’s decision, talked with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Thursday. The conversation, though, wasn’t very long. “I told him I still love him, love the team,” said Blair, who had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the Mavs’ 116-107 loss to the Spurs on Thursday. “They are all still my brothers off the court.”
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Pretty tame stuff compared to some of his previous comments, including his assertion that the Spurs would have beaten Miami in last season’s Finals had he played more. (He scored 11 points in 18 minutes against the Heat, all in mop-up duty.) A sampling: * “(Gregg Popovich) stopped (playing) me. I couldn’t tell you what was going through that man’s head at all. Nobody knows but him. I had to leave and come here where I think they’ll give me confidence and believe in me. I didn’t think they believed in me in San Antonio, so that’s pretty good here. I feel supported.”