HoopsHype DeJuan Blair rumors

December 27, 2013 Updates

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.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

December 26, 2013 Updates

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.” San Antonio Express-News

November 26, 2013 Updates

Samuel Dalembert missed the Dallas Mavericks' shootaround Monday morning when he overslept and Carlisle used both DeJuan Blair as the starter and Bernard James as the backup center before putting Dalembert in the game at the start of the second quarter. Dalembert was apologetic about the situation. "I'm very disappointed at myself," he said. "I let my teammates down. I don't have an excuse. And it shouldn't have happened. I'm still trying to get over it. I'm very upset. I overslept. Just saying it (makes me mad). I shouldn't be in that situation. And I deserved what I got. The decision coach made, I'm behind it. And I apologized to my teammates." Said Carlisle: "Sam missed shootaround this morning because he overslept. So the two guys that were there got the first two rotations." Dallas Morning News

November 23, 2013 Updates
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Blair, who measures 6-7 only on his best days, is a supremely motivated player this season. Shunned by the Spurs last season, he signed a one-year contract with the Mavericks for two reasons. He wants to rebuild his value around the league and get four chances to exact revenge on the Spurs, who slashed his playing time basically in half last season. “Like everybody else who doesn’t play, it was very disappointing,” he said. “But I knew I was going to a new team, and somebody else was going to take advantage of the potential I had. So to me, it’s not a big deal. “It’s going to be fun being on the opposite team and playing with the Mavs [in the rivalry with San Antonio]. They didn’t give me anything when I was there [in San Antonio]. I mean, the fans gave me everything. But everything else, it is what it is.” Dallas Morning News

October 12, 2013 Updates

Nobody’s quite sure how long Brandan Wright’s recovery from a shoulder fracture will take, but coach Rick Carlisle is certain of one thing. The next man up will have to do the job. Namely, DeJuan Blair, along with Bernard James and Samuel Dalembert. “If it’s going to happen, this isn’t the worst time,” Carlisle said Friday. “He’s got a little time to heal. It’s going to be evaluated weekly. It could have been a lot worse. “(We’ll have to) plug other guys in. Now Blair becomes more at the forefront. Sarge has to be ready. Sam has to keep playing like he did the other night. And it gives guys like Balkman and Melo to get more minutes in the preseason.” Dallas Morning News

August 22, 2013 Updates

The new Mavericks big man once was an up-and-comer with the Spurs before things went sideways, Tiago Splitter arrived and Blair’s stock went down faster than a margarita on the Riverwalk. So what happened? “I don’t know,” Blair said. “Pop stopped [playing] me. I couldn’t tell you what was going through that man’s head at all. Nobody knows but him.” Dallas Morning News

August 21, 2013 Updates

The Dallas Mavericks have acquired many players this offseason who have a chip on their shoulder. When asked by a fan during the team’s introductory press conference last week which game he had circled on his calendar, DeJuan Blair had a very simple answer. “The Spurs,” Blair said. Dallas is hoping Blair, a 6-foot-7, 265-pound big man, has a chip big enough to bring a dose of nastiness to the Mavs. Blair fell into the second round of the 2009 draft because of his history of knee troubles, but he proved to be a relative steal for the San Antonio Spurs. Mavs owner Mark Cuban already feels a sense of determination in Blair. “DeJuan already knows when we’re playing the Spurs,” Cuban said. “We already know what DeJuan is going to do to the Spurs. It’s going to be a beautiful thing.” ESPN.com

August 16, 2013 Updates

DeJuan Blair asked about falling short in Finals last year and motivation: “Of course I want to get back. I don’t think we would have come up short if I had played. It was a lot of motivation though, very exciting two weeks of my life, definitely want to get back, I think we have the team to do it. We just need to work together and get there, they’ve got the experience and I think we have some soldiers that will get us there, we have to play hard.” MavsFanatic.com

August 9, 2013 Updates

The Rockets drafted Parsons with the 38th pick in 2012 and signed him to a four-year that guaranteed Houston could keep him with a salary under $1 million in each of those four seasons. It wasn’t the first four-year deal for a second-round pick, but as Parsons emerged into a well-rounded NBA starter, it quickly became the most famous-slash-infamous of such deals. Cap experts and union officials estimate that about a half-dozen second-round picks have received four-year deals in the last half-decade, and Houston helped pioneer the process before Parsons in deals for Chase Budinger, Joey Dorsey, and Jermaine Taylor. (The Spurs also did this with DeJuan Blair, as did the Kings with Hassan Whiteside.) ESPN.com

August 7, 2013 Updates

Mark Followill: DeJuan Blair deal w/ Mavs official. Very glad it's signed, sealed & delivered. Have always liked what he brings. Roster stands at 15 now Twitter @MFollowill

August 1, 2013 Updates

The 29-year-old Johnson, who became an NBA player in 2011 and has played for the Hawks, was initially campaigning for a mini mid-level contract. But with remaining attractive free agents like DeJuan Blair and Antawn Jamison in the veteran's minimum financial ballpark -- Blair signed with the Mavericks for that amount -- the free-agent market is quickly changing. "I think the mini mid-level will be tough to get at this time," the source said. ESPN.com

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July 30, 2013 Updates

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