HoopsHype DeJuan Blair rumors

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It’s no surprise that DeJuan Blair may be moved prior to the trade deadline on February 21. The San Antonio Spurs have been shopping him for quite some time, and nearly traded him in June. In the days leading up to the 2012 NBA Draft, the Spurs spoke to a number of teams about the 23-year-old big man. They nearly sent Blair to the Miami HEAT, but the deal fell apart. Now, San Antonio is once again shopping Blair and seeing what teams are willing to offer. HoopsWorld

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But among the jokes and re-tweets were a couple of comments that left plenty of room for interpretation: DeJuan Blair: @DeJuan45 This is wat I expected! Lol I'm just not wat dude wants out there it just hit me!! And that's respect! Just KNO I'm doing my part! #SALUTE. DeJuan Blair: @DeJuan45 I'm just joking ill b good somebody out there likes wat I do!!!! BELIVE that! Ok I'm out bout ta b (cont) tl.gd/jrkcu0. “Dude” is presumably Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who saddled Blair with his fifth DNP-CD (coach’s decision) in nine games dating back to last year’s playoffs. Blair, a starter in 62 of 66 games during the regular season, saw his role evaporate in the postseason, leading many observers — including Blair himself — to believe the undersized power forward from Pittsburgh was on the trading block. San Antonio Express-News

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But the tight tops most Spurs are sporting this fall aren’t for showing off. Rather, they have little pockets for electronic monitors that measure data such as heart rate and oxygen uptake. Being skin-tight literally puts them close enough to the skin to record desired metrics. In Blair’s case, nothing the monitors reveal has the visceral effect of seeing his flat belly, replete with muscle definition. Some of his teammates insist he’s gotten skinny. “I’ve been getting that a lot,” Blair said after a Monday morning practice session. “But I don’t take that to my head because I’m never skinny. I’m still DeJuan. Still big.” San Antonio Express-News

Blair often has tried the patience of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who openly questioned whether the 6-foot-7 center had the discipline to condition himself enough to optimize his skills. What Popovich has seen thus far has encouraged him. “DeJuan’s had an excellent camp,” he said. “He’s been active at both ends of the floor. He’s trying to make better decisions and do what’s best for the group. His energy, his defense, his rebounding, those sorts of things, he’s really concentrated on — running the floor and working on being a more disciplined player.” San Antonio Express-News

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Blair's offseason improvements could land him a more prominent role somewhere other than San Antonio. He has one more year on his rookie contract, but indications are the Spurs are considering trading Blair after advancing to the Western Conference final without needing much from him. The Spurs signed forward Boris Diaw to a two-year contract this summer. Diaw started all 14 postseason games in 2012 after arriving in San Antonio via a midseason trade. "Hopefully, I stay a Spur, but if it doesn't happen, life moves on," Blair said. "They've got me on the trade market and they'll do the best to get me in the greatest situation possible." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Yet in the playoffs, it can hardly be said Blair plays alongside Duncan. He has averaged nine minutes per playoff game, bottoming out with 7.6 minutes per game this past postseason. Blair has yet to start an NBA playoff game and has never left the bench in twice as many games as in the regular season. "It's tough, not even playing," he said. "I kept my teammates into it, kept them going. Once I got my time, I used the best of my minutes. ... Last year was last year, just like the year before was the year before. "It's all the same thing. I'm working really hard to not have the issues at the end of the year, keep my body right, get my shot and just be a pro." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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