Monday, July 9th, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  20 responses

DeJuan Blair Believes the San Antonio Spurs Will Trade Him

DeJuan Blair found himself looking sad inside of Gregg Popovich’s doghouse throughout the postseason, and he believes that his time in San Antonio is nearing its end. Per the Express-News: “In the playoffs, the wide-bodied Spurs center-forward found himself on the bench. He played in only 10 of San Antonio’s 14 playoff games. He did not start a single game. His total playing time in the playoffs: 76 minutes. Blair views that as a message, and a strong one: It seems the Spurs doubt him. And because of that, he has his doubts that he will play a fourth season in silver and black. A member of the select team that is helping the U.S. Olympic team prepare for London, a trimmed-down Blair is showcasing his talent in front of NBA coaches, general managers and scouts on hand at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center practice court to watch spirited scrimmage sessions. ‘I’m trying to get down to 260 (pounds), and it’s working,’ Blair said. ‘I’ll be great by September. I know I’m on the trading block, so we’ll see what happens.’ Blair makes no attempt to hide his feelings when he discusses his diminished role in the playoffs, including his belief he might be better off elsewhere. ‘I love the Spurs, but they’ve got a lot of bigs, and they’re bringing somebody else from overseas, so where am I going to fall at?’ he said. ‘I was out of the rotation at the end of the season, so imagine next year. That’s something I really don’t want to go through again, because it tore me down.’ The European player Blair believes the Spurs want to add for next season is 6-foot-11 Slovenian center Erazem Lorbeck, 28, who plays in the Spanish ACB League and whose rights the Spurs obtained as part of the 2011 draft-night deal that sent Blair’s pal, George Hill, to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for the draft rights to Kawhi Leonard. Blair also presumes the Spurs want to re-sign Boris Diaw, the 6-foot-9 center-forward from France who signed a free-agent contract with the Spurs in late March and ended up with the starting center spot he once manned. Blair doesn’t question Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s decision making, as difficult as it was for him to accept a reduced role. [...] Blair turned 23 as the post-lockout season concluded in late April. What has happened since requires maturity. ‘The Spurs are excellent,’ he said. ‘They used me to get everybody going and just get to the playoffs. That’s what it’s seemed like the last two seasons. But it’s a business, and everybody has their role, and I played mine, obviously, in the season. That’s proved right now. We were No. 1 the last two seasons when I was starting, and then lost in the playoffs when I wasn’t. That’s just, well, I don’t know, common sense. But I’ll be all right.’”

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  • JML-G

    foolish for Spurs – it aint like Duncan will be there forever

  • tuxo

    @JML-G Not too foolish, it’s not like spurs projected him to be the next TD. Seeing Dejuan Blair and matt bonner controlling the paint is… Awful. Spurs need to get rid one of them, and bonner space the floor better than blair. Not to mention that blair have fallen from rotation so it’s not too foolish.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY05

    Like he said, it is a business, so only time will tell what San Antonio’s plan is going forward. I think he’s a good fit for their style of play, but it is looking like a numbers game at his position and its not looking good for him.

  • Eboy

    Ship his ass out.

  • Zabbah

    Trade him for Dwight Howard and two first round picks and it’s a win-win for both sides.

  • Zabbah

    I mean, when Blair is on the court he’ll get you the first seed of the conference, something he did twice the last two seasons and Dwight couldn’t.

  • LA Huey

    Zabbah, how can you credit DeJuan Blair for all the Spurs success when it was clearly Matt Bonner’s doing.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    LA Huey, Zabbah, neither one of you watch basketball. I got 2 words for you: Tiago Splitter!

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    As a Spurs fan I think it is time to move on from both DeJuan and Matt Bonner. DeJuan is just too small and cant stop a nosebleed

  • Zabbah

    Allright, I’ll concede that Richard Jefferson had something to do with those two #1 seeds.

  • Mack

    This guy works harder than half the starters in the league right now, how can you trade a beast like that? Enough Tiago Splitter get Blair in the game Pop!

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    i thoguht lorbek re-signed with fcb

  • LA Huey

    Will Purdue is the heart and soul of the San Antonio Spurs.

  • mas

    ^ Lorbeck is staying in Spain with FC Barcelona and being the top paid player in the ACB. Not bad for this years Finals MVP. Blair could join him in Barcelona? Why not; he could dominate there.

  • Basketball_iQ

    see… the comments you find on here are the rarest in form

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Blair would have been great…if he didn’t take an arrow to the knees.

  • justin05

    Let his game speak for itself next season. If you find yourself lost in rotation then maybe you are being outplayed? outworked? By the way he talks, it seems as if he’s mad at them and that’s a bit immature..G Pop is the best active head coach in the game!

  • http://treasureisland rudy tesoro

    It is not easy to let of Blair and Bonner after playing with team for years but, necessity dictates. Blair is an undersized pf/c and the Spurs need interior presence to be rfelevant. Bonner can’t shoot the 3-points and he can’t rebound.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    that exchange between zabbah and Huey was a beauty.

  • fide

    are you serious d blair is a must keep for the spurs…trade bonner,when his shot is off he cant guard,pass dribble or defend…blair was doing great, why bench him…big mistake !!!! and pop isnt as good as everyone thinks….he just scratched his head against okc !!!!