The Washington Wizards acquired big man Dejuan Blair from the Dallas Mavericks in a sign-and-trade on Wednesday afternoon. Blair himself confirmed the news with a tweet.
— DeJuan Blair (@DeJuan45) July 16, 2014
Contract specifics for the former Pittsburgh Panther weren’t immediately known, but that information is starting to trickle in, via Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
DeJuan Blair's deal with Washington will be three-years, $6M — with a team option on third year, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 16, 2014
While not an enormous pay jump, Blair is getting a raise on the veteran’s minimum contract he played on with the Mavericks last season. Despite Dallas no longer wanting Blair, they deserve credit for his improved contract situation, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
The Mavericks, sources say, promised Blair that they would try to sign-and-trade him to a new team to help him as much they could financially as a reward for contributions the bruising forward made last season, notably during Dallas’ seven-game battle with the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs in the opening round.
Blair was a solid player for the Mavericks, so it’s good to see they were interested in helping him out. He averaged 6.4 points (53.4 percent shooting from the floor) and 4.7 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game last season.
As for Washington’s perspective, this is an affordable price to pay someone that should be a fine rotation player for the next few years. On the heels of bringing in Blair, Paul Pierce, Kris Humphries and retaining Marcin Gortat, the Wizards are having a great summer.
With the Miami Heat no longer the Eastern Conference’s juggernaut, Washington very well could make a deep playoff run next year.