HoopsHype DeJuan Blair rumors

April 24, 2013 Updates

Spurs center DeJuan Blair has agreed to pay back more than $53,000 he owes a local jeweler who let him take merchandise on credit three years ago, lawyers for both sides said. “Mr. Blair thought this was being handled,” his attorney Alex Nava said. “It kind of fell threw the cracks and when he got wind of it he took appropriate actions to take care of the matter as quickly as possible.” San Antonio Express-News

April 11, 2013 Updates

Assured his representatives are taking care of a lawsuit filed against him by a San Antonio-area jeweler, Spurs center DeJuan Blair said he is unconcerned about a default judgment already issued against him. “It ain’t nothing,” Blair said before the Spurs played the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday. “It’s something that’s been handled. “It just came out because I’m me. It happened in my rookie season when I was young and dumb, just coming into the league. I grew up. It’s cool. It’s getting handled right now. “I knew it was coming out before it came out. My attorneys got everything, so it’s not really a big issue for me.” San Antonio Express-News

Blair’s agent, Happy Walters, confirmed Blair has legal representation in the case, which he categorized as all too common with athletes. “It’s the underbelly of pro sports, where business people take advantage of guys just coming into the league,” Waters said. “They tell them, ‘Take this jewelry and pay me later.’ “It’s a part of the business people don’t know about or hear about. Every player I have has been through something like this, and this happened when DeJuan was a young rookie, 19 or 20 years old. “The attorneys are dealing with it, and what DeJuan owes, he will pay. He has learned his lesson, and he’s still learning lessons.” San Antonio Express-News

April 10, 2013 Updates

Spurs center DeJuan Blair is scheduled to be deposed next week after a judge ruled he must pay more than $53,000 to Rivercenter Jewelers for merchandise the store allowed him to take on credit nearly three years ago, according to court documents and the attorney representing the jewelry store. If Blair fails to show on Wednesday or continues to ignore the lawsuit that was first filed in October, the judge could find him in contempt and issue a warrant for his arrest. Blair, 23, has filed no responding documents to the lawsuit, hasn’t appeared in court and in February a default judgment was issued in favor of the store. San Antonio Express-News

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While his agent recently expressed disappointment that Blair wasn’t shipped out at the trade deadline, the man himself said after Tuesday’s practice that he’s happy to still be with the Spurs, reduced role or not. “I love being here, love being with this team,” said Blair, 23. “This is something that I’ve worked through the last couple years. Not playing in the playoffs and up and down in minutes, that’s something I never went through in my life. So it kind of caught me off-guard. Now I kind of expect it so I’ve just got to keep going.” San Antonio Express-News

March 2, 2013 Updates

When San Antonio, after months of trying, couldn't find a workable DeJuan Blair deal before last week's trade deadline, sources close to the situation say that Blair had interest in negotiating a buyout before Friday's deadline for playoff eligibility, since it's clear that neither Blair nor the Spurs have any interest in continuing the relationship beyond next season. ESPN.com

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Sam Amick: San Antonio's DeJuan Blair is stuck with the Spurs, I'm told. No deal done for him at the deadline. Twitter @sam_amick

That’s why San Antonio is trying to move him before the deadline, even if it’s just for a draft pick. While no clear suitor has emerged yet, San Antonio seems confident that they can find a taker for Blair and it could be the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks are, of course, focused on their Josh Smith plans. However, Blair landing in Atlanta after a Smith deal is complete is a possibility, according to league sources. HoopsWorld

Adrian Wojnarowski: So far, Spurs don't have a deal in place for expiring contract of DeJuan Blair, league sources tell Y! Trade deadline is 3 PM ET. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

February 20, 2013 Updates

The San Antonio Spurs will likely move forward DeJuan Blair close to the deadline, ultimately accepting the best final offer for him, sources said. Blair has wanted a trade for more than a year, and clearly will not re-sign with the Spurs as a free agent this summer. Yahoo! Sports

Spurs forward DeJuan Blair has seen his name in nearly every speculative trade story that has hit the Internet since All-Star weekend, but his approach to Thursday’s trade deadline is educated indifference. “I’m not really worried about any of that,” said the four-year forward from Pittsburgh. “I’m just worried about right now and today. All the rest of that is BS.” San Antonio Express-News

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