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DDAMAGE 07-13-13 01:07 PM

Dejuan Blair S&T?
 
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Washington has interest in free agent DeJuan Blair, sources tell Y! Sign-and-trade a consideration, but Spurs may be unmoved by choices.</p>&mdash; Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) <a href="https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/stat...68944385">July 13, 2013</a></blockquote>
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DDAMAGE 07-13-13 01:19 PM

The Washington Wizards have interest in pursuing San Antonio Spurs free-agent forward DeJuan Blair in a sign-and-trade deal, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Spurs have shown a willingness to assist Blair in finding a team without the salary-cap space to sign him, but it's unclear if any Wizards assets appeal to San Antonio.

The Wizards don't have the cap space to sign Blair for anything above the veteran's minimum.
Blair, a tough, 6-foot-7 forward, averaged nearly eight points game in his four seasons with the Spurs. He was a second-round pick out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2009.

Y! SPORTS

grizzly_bexar 07-13-13 01:33 PM

Kevin seraphin?

DDAMAGE 07-13-13 01:34 PM

I was just looking over the Wizards roster but I'm not sure who is good out of those backups..

DDAMAGE 07-13-13 01:37 PM

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Originally Posted by grizzly_bexar (Post 1303307)
Kevin seraphin?

Our look back at the 2012-13 season continues. Today's installment: Kevin Seraphin.

Basic stats: 9.1 points and 4.4 rebounds in 21.8 minutes per game, 10.3 PER, 23.5 usage percentage and 47.8 true shooting percentage.

Contract status: Washington picked up their team option for Seraphin for next year. He'll make $1.7 million in 2013-14 and $2.8 million in 2014-15 if his option is picked up.
Preseason expectations: There were high hopes for Seraphin following his strong finish to the 2012 season. He looked like he'd be, at worst, a versatile third big.

Offense: Seraphin wasn't the worst offensive player in the NBA last year, but he was among the most destructive. Kuhveen shot frequently (23.5 percent usage rate, higher than Nene) and inaccurately (47.8 percent true shooting percentage, worst among Washington rotation players). On top of his inaccurate shooting, he was a terrible passer who averaged only 1.7 assists versus 2.7 turnovers per 36 minutes last year. This provided a deadly combination that killed Washington's efficiency any time he took the court, landing Seraphin his first Andrea Bargnani Award for providing his team with the least production of anyone in the NBA, contributing -4.9 wins and owning the second worst shot selection in the NBA.
If there's a silver lining here, it's that Seraphin shot well at the rim and in the paint. If he could just cut out the jump shots and draw a few fouls. he might be useful. That said, he's going to have a strong temptation to drift away from the basket as long as he's playing significant minutes at power forward, something that's unlikely to change if Washington retains both Nene and Emeka Okafor.

Defense: Seraphin's defense was decent this year. While Washington was noticeably better defensively with Okafor and Nene on the floor together, but Seraphin was part of quite a few effective defensive lineups. He has the strength to guard big post players and the quickness to bottle up pick and rolls, but lacks the length and hops to adequately protect the rim when he moves to center. The numbers back this up, as Washington's overall defense was much better when Seraphin was paired with a shot-blocker like Okafor as opposed to a more below-the-rim type like Nene or Trevor Booker.
While Seraphin's overall defense was OK, his rebounding wasn't. Seraphin averaged a career-low 7.2 rebounds per 36 minutes, a very poor mark for a player with his strength and size. Seraphin is physically capable of far, far more on the glass and needs to be more aggressive when pursuing the ball.

Other stuff: Seraphin brings a lot of toughness to the court and was very effective against bulky post players, something that can't be said of Nene and Okafor. Even if he doesn't turn things around on the offensive end, Seraphin should always have a place in the NBA as long as he can effectively defend big centers.

Did he meet, exceed or fall short of expectations? He fell way short. Seraphin looked like a future starter at this point in 2012. Now? It's not even a guarantee that he'll be in the rotation next year.

Overall: It's hard to view Seraphin's season in any kind of positive light. Between the poor shot selection and the lack of rebounding, Seraphin probably did more harm than good last year.

katyspursfan 07-13-13 01:38 PM

John Wall?

There's your pg backup!

:-)

alh1020 07-13-13 01:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by grizzly_bexar (Post 1303307)
Kevin seraphin?

Seraphin would be the only one from the Wizards I'd go for, with the exception of Jan Vesely, but he's part of their future rebuild plans. If the Spurs were to do a sign/trade for say, Seraphin, he would take that 15th roster spot unless the Spurs throw someone else in the mix along with Blair. Or a 2nd round pick.

tuncaboylu 07-13-13 05:13 PM

Bring Trevor Ariza. We need a back-up SF and he can fill that role exactly.

We can send Bonner with Blair as cap filler. Both Ariza's and Bonner's contracts are also expiring next summer and that's why a fair trade.

tabspur 07-13-13 06:30 PM

Can we find someone else for a 3 team trade maybe?

alh1020 07-13-13 07:36 PM

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Originally Posted by tabspur (Post 1303326)
Can we find someone else for a 3 team trade maybe?

As the Yahoo news article stated, "The Spurs have shown a willingness to assist Blair in finding a team without the salary-cap space to sign him, but it's unclear if any Wizards assets appeal to San Antonio. ". I'm sure if there is a way to get Blair to the Wizards and Blair wants to be there, the Spurs FO will do everything in their power to get him there, to include contacting the rest of the league to see if they want to participate. This way, if Washington has someone we can also get in the sign/trade, we can benefit too. And if there are more teams in the mix, the Spurs have more bodies to shop from.

Mombear 07-13-13 08:02 PM

SEND BLAIR TO THE SUNS FOR SCOLA!!!!!! :)

MichaelWi101 07-14-13 06:40 AM

And then trade Scola to the Celtics for a case of New England Clam Chowder :applause

drcantgetright 07-14-13 07:59 AM

S&T Blair for a S&T AJ Price as our back up PG?

But I would really love to have Ariza. Bonner plus Blair for Ariza?

MichaelWi101 07-14-13 08:18 AM

While everyone keeps talking about trading for this backup pg or that backup pg, the real backup pg is playing in Vegas. CJ will have that role next season unless he gets hurt.

tabspur 07-14-13 09:53 AM

I was hoping Nando would also play well, and perhaps gain some trade value as part of a package.

Spurd_On 07-14-13 10:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tabspur (Post 1303341)
I was hoping Nando would also play well, and perhaps gain some trade value as part of a package.

I think he will. The battle for the PG rotation is over and Nando is out. Learning to play NBA shooting guard will be awkward at first but he is diligent and will likely get the hang of it. I'm not going to comment on what the Spur's intentions might be with him but its not at PG and he seems to be the 4th option at shooting guard and not likely to see many minutes.

Mombear 07-14-13 03:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MichaelWi101 (Post 1303335)
And then trade Scola to the Celtics for a case of New England Clam Chowder :applause

:slap

WILLTHETHRILL 07-15-13 09:34 AM

Ask for Ariza and send Bonner too lol

clovisnmspurfan 07-15-13 01:28 PM

No not Bonner!!

alh1020 07-15-13 03:44 PM

If the Wizards and Spurs do work a S&T for Blair, another player I'd throw into the mix might be Chris Singleton, 6'8" (7'1" wingspan) who came out of Florida State early a year ago where he was the ACC Defensive Player of the year for the 2 years he was in college. For the minutes he has played per game for the Wizards, he hasn't scored that much but if we want someone who can play defense coming in, he might be the one player from Washington we look at a little closer.

tabspur 07-15-13 04:05 PM

If the Wizards will take Bonner too, I'll take that old dude in return that used to sit behind the visitors bench back in the 70's, 80's and 90's, dressed in a Bullets jersey, and heckle the opponents. Seems fair to me...

JuanCaca 07-15-13 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by alh1020 (Post 1303391)
If the Wizards and Spurs do work a S&T for Blair, another player I'd throw into the mix might be Chris Singleton, 6'8" (7'1" wingspan) who came out of Florida State early a year ago where he was the ACC Defensive Player of the year for the 2 years he was in college. For the minutes he has played per game for the Wizards, he hasn't scored that much but if we want someone who can play defense coming in, he might be the one player from Washington we look at a little closer.

im ok with this!

Rzarector7 07-15-13 10:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tabspur (Post 1303397)
If the Wizards will take Bonner too, I'll take that old dude in return that used to sit behind the visitors bench back in the 70's, 80's and 90's, dressed in a Bullets jersey, and heckle the opponents. Seems fair to me...

SOLD!!!!!!!!!!:laugh:laugh

grizzly_bexar 07-16-13 12:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by drcantgetright (Post 1303337)
S&T Blair for a S&T AJ Price as our back up PG?

But I would really love to have Ariza. Bonner plus Blair for Ariza?

AJ Price is okay, but can't shoot worth beans. No thanks. Ariza wouldn't be bad at all. He's a solid guy who can still really defend and hit the corner threes. We'd have a solid wing rotation with three outstanding defenders/shooters.

grizzly_bexar 07-16-13 12:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MichaelWi101 (Post 1303339)
While everyone keeps talking about trading for this backup pg or that backup pg, the real backup pg is playing in Vegas. CJ will have that role next season unless he gets hurt.

Exactly. The kid didn't play much during the year, but finally got some run and then had a significant role in the playoffs, including some in the Finals (IMO if he had played more towards the end, we probably would've been in a better position). He will be the backup, no question.

alh1020 07-19-13 06:19 PM

Apparently mutual interest between DeJuan Blair, Wizards

Story link: Report: Apparently mutual interest between DeJuan Blair, Wizards | ProBasketballTalk

Washington could be a playoff team in the East if they can stay healthy — John Wall started to play like everyone had hoped at the end of last season, Bradley Beal can shoot, people forget Nene is a quality big when healthy.

And for a little depth up front, how about DeJuan Blair?

It could happen, tweets the well connected Adam Zagoria.

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
DeJuan Blair is interested in signing with the Wizards, source tells @SNYtv. @WojYahooNBA reported Washington had interest.
12:20 PM - 19 Jul 2013


As Wojnarowski noted at Yahoo Sports, this would need to be a sign-and-trade if it is for anything more than the minimum.

Blair is a solid backup big, even though he fell out of the Spurs rotation because Tiago Splitter was bigger and better. It wasn’t so much that Blair was terrible — in his 61 appearances last season he shot 52.4 percent and had a PER of 14.6, right about the league average — as much as other Spurs were just better. Blair did better in a larger role in previous years with the Spurs.

The Wizards have Emeka Okafor, Nene, Jan Vesely and Kevin Seraphin up front. Blair lacks the upside of some of those guys, but he’s more consistent. This could be a good fit if the price is reasonable.

spurduncan21 07-20-13 08:17 AM

Bonner/Neal and Blair for Ariza removing 1 roster space, which makes 2 vacancies for either
Mo Williams, Trevor Ariza, Deshaun Thomas and Greg Oden. Something's happening peeps


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