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DeJuan Blair | Center/Forward

Team: Washington Wizards
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 260
College: Pittsburgh
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The Wizards have completed a sign-and-trade deal with the Mavericks to acquire free agent F/C DeJuan Blair for the rights to 2009 second-round draft pick Emir Preldzic, the team announced Wednesday night.
The Wizards will bring in Blair on a three-year contract worth $6 million, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. The Wizards now have big men Nene, Drew Gooden, Al Harrington, Marcin Gortat, Kris Humphries, Kevin Seraphin and Blair, meaning things will be crowded up front. But Nene and Gortat are expected to handle the bulk of the minutes. Jul 17 - 3:53 AM

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The Mavericks and Wizards are close to completing a sign-and-trade for Mavericks' center DeJuan Blair.

Blair only averaged 6.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 0.3 blocks in 16 minutes per game last year, but managed to show flashes of promise during the Mavericks' thrilling first-round series against the Spurs. Blair's role with the Wizards will most likely be limited, but with an injury-prone Nene entering his 13th season, Washington needs quality depth in the front court.
Jul 16 - 1:57 PM

The Mavericks and Wizards are reportedly in "advanced discussions" about a sign-and-trade which would send DeJuan Blair to Washington.

It's unclear what the Mavericks would receive as compensation for Blair, whose rights the Mavericks will apparently renounce if he's not traded away. Blair averaged 6.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocks in 16 minutes per game last year, and he's unlikely have a much bigger role in Washington while Nene and Marcin Gortat are healthy.
Jul 13 - 11:24 PM

DeJuan Blair returned from his one-game suspension in Friday's Game 6 win, scoring 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting with 14 rebounds and four steals in 29 minutes.

Clearly Rick Carlisle has found his preferred big man for this series and Blair's hands have been a big part of that on the defensive end.
May 2 - 10:58 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said after Wednesday’s Game 5 loss that the Mavericks missed DeJuan Blair (suspension).

Blair missed Wednesday's Game 5 loss due to a suspension for kicking Tiago Splitter during Game 4 and his absence was evident. "We're going to need his ability to fight. I thought he really brought some fight to the last game, especially when we were down by 20. I thought he changed the momentum a little bit," Dirk Nowitzki said of Blair. "We're going to need everybody on board and let it all rip on Friday again." Blair's 12 points and 11 boards off the bench in Game 4 helped bring energy to a Mavericks team that was down by 20 at one point and his Game 6 return should help infuse some life into the Mavericks as they try to even up the series.
May 1 - 9:08 AM

DeJuan Blair has been suspended one game for kicking Tiago Splitter on Monday.

He won't play in Game 5 on Wednesday and the Mavericks shouldn't have a tough time replacing him. While he did go for 12 points and 11 boards in Game 4's loss, he played just three minutes in Saturday's Game 3 win.
Apr 29 - 7:41 PM

DeJuan Blair said the kick that got him ejected from Monday's loss to the Spurs was unintentional.

Blair was ejected during the fourth quarter of Monday's Game 4 loss to the Spurs after his foot connected with Tiago Splitter's head following a foul. No one is arguing the foot to the head part, but Blair and Splitter had very different takes on the situation. For his part, Blair denied any intention on the kick, "It was just an accident," Blair said. "I reacted to the call and his face happened to be down there. It was nothing intentional, especially the way I had been playing." Splitter, however, wasn't buying Blair's explanation after the game. "After watching the video, it looks like it was intentional," he said. "He has nothing against me. He’s a good kid. I know him. I don’t know why he did it." We'll let the league sort this one out, but Blair has provided the Mavs with excellent energy off the bench and a potential Game 5 suspension would push Brandan Wright and Samuel Dalembert into more prominent roles.
Apr 29 - 9:52 AM

DeJuan Blair came out of nowhere to post 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting with 11 rebounds and two steals in 16 minutes off the bench in the Mavs' 93-89 Game 4 loss to the Spurs on Monday.

Blair also got ejected for kicking Tiago Splitter in the head lightly late in the fourth quarter, and we'll let you know if there will be any further action. Dirk Nowitzki hit just 7-of-19 shots for 19 points, Shawn Marion was quiet with four points and seven boards, and the bench duo of Devin Harris and Vince Carter combined to hit just 4-of-16 shots. Monta Ellis scored 20 points but needed 20 shots to get there, and the Mavs squandered a big chance to jump all over the Spurs. Instead, they head to San Antonio tied up with Game 5 on Wednesday.

Mavericks' coach Rick Carlisle was pleased with DeJuan Blair's play Wednesday night.

Blair provided an energy boost with eight points and eight boards in fifteen minutes during Dallas' Game 2 victory Wednesday night and Rick Carlisle was a big fan of his play, ""He had a physical impact," Carlisle said. "He gave us a huge lift. He was on the boards, he got deflections. The only way we win a series against a team like this is to have guys play at full capacity, and he did that." Blair's playing time is certain to fluctuate going forward as the Mavs try to work in Brandan Wright and Samuel Dalembert, but he should serve as a good energy player against his former team for the rest of the series.
Apr 24 - 10:34 AM

DeJuan Blair came off the bench and hit 3-of-10 shots for eight points and eight rebounds in 15 minutes of Tuesday's ugly loss against the Warriors.

Brandan Wright also came off the bench for nine points, six rebounds and a block in 16 minutes, while starter Samuel Dalembert had eight points and five boards in 20 minutes. This is an ugly three-headed monster, and it's best to just let Rick Carlisle deal with the headache, instead of trying to figure it out on your own from night to night.
Mar 12 - 1:24 AM

DeJuan Blair scored 18 points with four boards and one block on 7-of-9 shooting against the Sixers on Friday.

The Sixers interior defense was so bad tonight that it made their defense before the trade deadline look like the Pacers' D. Blair's line came in just 16 minutes, so you can just ignore him for now.
Feb 21 - 11:23 PM

DeJuan Blair started hot in his 21 minutes against the Cavs on Monday, finishing with 13 points and five boards on 5-of-7 from the field.

He made his first five shots and scored 11 points in the first half. Blair looks like he's going to see more playing time with Samuel Dalembert going down with a shoulder strain today. The Mavericks have run a lot of different lineups out there, Blair has not played 30 minutes in a game all season and he's played just 17.7 minutes per game in January, but he's still a solid low-upside add in some leagues.
Jan 20 - 4:01 PM

DeJuan Blair played just six minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

He only grabbed one rebound and didn't take any shots in the win. Blair has been bumped from the starting lineup and the Mavericks have suddenly been rewarded with the good Samuel Dalembert. Fantasy owners in deep leagues can probably start looking to dump Blair.
Jan 12 - 1:38 AM

DeJuan Blair played 25 minutes off the bench against the Pelicans on Friday, scoring two points with five boards and two assists.

He shot just 1-of-5 from the field and didn't look very comfortable off the bench. Blair was bumped to the bench tonight in favor of Sam Dalembert, but it's unclear if this lineup will stick. Regardless, his upside won't be too high in fantasy leagues considering he'll be in a timeshare at best.
Jan 11 - 12:50 AM

DeJuan Blair started again at center for the Mavericks on Tuesday and played well, finishing with 15 points, nine rebounds and a steal on 7-of-10 shooting.

A block would have been nice, but that's not really his bag. He's now started two straight games and might stick there for a while. Samuel Dalembert has fallen out of favor and the Mavs don't seem ready to give Brandan Wright more than just a handful of minutes every night. None of these three are must-own players, but Blair is clearly the hot hand, and one we'd recommend grabbing for now, followed by Wright, who is at least efficient despite his shaky minutes.
Jan 8 - 2:09 AM

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PosRoleName
PG1John Wall
2Andre Miller
3Garrett Temple
SG1Bradley Beal
2Martell Webster
3Glen Rice Jr.
SF1Paul Pierce
2Otto Porter
PF1Nene Hilario
2Drew Gooden
3DeJuan Blair
C1Marcin Gortat
2Kris Humphries
3Kevin Seraphin
4Melvin Ely