Adam Johnson: NBA veteran DeJuan Blair has signed a G L…

Adam Johnson: NBA veteran DeJuan Blair has signed a G League contract and will be eligible for Saturday’s @nbagleague draft according to a league source. Blair last played in the G League during 2016-17 season averaging 10.9 pts, 5.9 rebs in just under 20 mins per game.

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It’s former players like Blair, Daye and former Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger who are all playing to get exposure and hopefully grab another shot in the NBA. Former St. John’s guard D.J. Kennedy plays for for Overseas Elite in The Basketball Tournament and was invited to Denver Nuggets training camp last year. “I’m definitely trying to get back into the NBA,” Blair said. “The back door is always the hardest one, so you just got to keep going and keep grinding until something happens.”
Blair played in the NBA from 2009 through last season. He played with the San Antonio Spurs from 2009-’13, with the Dallas Mavericks during the ’13-’14 season, and he spent the last two seasons with the Washington Wizards. But nowadays, Blair is a member of the Texas Legends in the National Basketball Association Development League. That’s where he’s trying to get his groove back in hopes of gaining another shot in the NBA. "That’s my main goal,’’ Blair said, referring to a return to the NBA. "That’s what the development league is for. "I’m just trying to enjoy this experience. I’m still writing my story, so everything will work out as long as I keep doing what I’ve got to do.’’
A second-round draft pick out of Pittsburgh by the Spurs in 2009, Blair has always been a bump and grind type of player. He just hopes he’ll one day get another chance to perform his specialty on the NBA level. "I miss (the NBA) a little bit,’’ Blair said. "Once you get down here (in the D-League) and go over to China and things like that, you start to appreciate (the NBA). "It’s all a learning experience. It’s all what I’ve got to do.’’
The Suns today waived center/forward DeJuan Blair. Phoenix acquired Blair in a trade with Washington last Thursday, Feb. 18.
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