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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. ESPN.com

The Dallas Mavericks have arranged for a sign-and-trade to send undersized big man DeJuan Blair to Washington. The Mavericks aren’t expecting anything in return. They are facilitating the deal while they are under the salary cap so that Blair can receive a somewhat larger salary. Dallas Morning News

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. ESPN.com

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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.” 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 Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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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.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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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." Dallas Morning News

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